Safeguarding Mental Wellbeing in Children


Mom hugging her young son in a park.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the increased need for behavioral health services. Children are exceptionally vulnerable to the long-lasting negative effects of mental distress if conditions are untreated or unmanaged. The pandemic has caused disruptions in routines and learning, as well as social isolation for children, all of which can affect their mental health throughout their entire lives. Approximately 1 out of 5 children in the US experience a mental disorder and of these children, 38 million are enrolled in Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP).[1],[2]

A recent white paper from Centene Advanced Behavioral Health outlines the importance of early intervention, culturally inclusive education, and equitable access to mental healthcare to safeguard the mental health of children and future generations. Additionally, Centene’s proactive initiatives for at-risk youth in foster care and solutions to support parents and caregivers are highlighted.

 Open a PDF of the full white paper, titled "Safeguarding Mental Wellbeing In Children" (PDF)

As one of the nation’s largest managed care organizations serving millions of children, Centene is committed to advancing resources and interventions focused on the whole health of children in local communities nationwide. Learn more about our community partnerships and investments in behavioral health.