SPOTLIGHT: U.S. spends $9B on child mental illness

New statistics have concluded that the U.S. spent $8.9 billion to treat child mental illnesses in 2006, making mental illness the most expensive condition to treat in childhood, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. An estimated 4.6 million children were treated for mental disorders in 2006, at an average cost of $1,931 per child, according to the agency. Article

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