57.6%

July 30, 2014 | Number of The Day
Percent of NJ children between 2 and 17 that have had emotional, developmental, or behavioral issues leading to mental healthcare

It was once considered a taboo, and for many families the need for mental healthcare or behavioral therapy for their children is tremendously stressful. But according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the website statehealthfacts.org maintained by the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation, mental healthcare is something a majority of New Jersey children access.

According to the National Survey of National Health, 57.6 percent of New Jersey children have sought mental healthcare for a variety of reason in the past 12 months.

This is a not a question of New Jersey high-income earners taking advantage of medical help if available. Nationally, the number is higher — 61 percent. New Jersey is on the lower end of the scale, while states such as North Dakota (86.3 percent), Vermont (77.9 percent), Maine (77.8 percent), West Virginia (73.6 percent), and Kansas (72.2 percent) had the highest number of children 2-17 seeking mental healthcare in the previous 12 months. The statistics were for 2011.