Pediatric Mental Health Screenings

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This petition supports the requirement of pediatric offices in Texas to provide mental health screenings to all of their patients (children and adolescents) through annual wellness visits.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness "50% of chronic mental health conditions" will start by the age of 14 and "75% begin by age 24". In requiring mental health screenings as part of annual pediatric primary care visits, it would allow for an increase in early intervention. Targeting symptoms early on often results in a better outcome through proper treatment and intervention. Overall, this screening would be beneficial in promoting mental wellness and connecting those in need to proper resources.

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