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Risk and Reach

Mental health

In 2013, statewide, 40 children per 1,000 children under age 6 enrolled in Minnesota Health Care Programs (MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance) were assessed and treated for mental health issues. Early mental health intervention enhances child development by reducing risk factors and increasing protective influences, when possible. Assessment and mental health intervention are focused on primary caregiving relationship(s). Science suggests that intervention in the very early stages of development both capitalizes on normative developmental processes and is cost effective.