Effect of state parity laws on children with mental health care needs

The Foundation's Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization program was designed to support research, demonstration, and evaluation projects examining major changes in health care financing.The purpose of this project is to evaluate the impact of state mental health parity laws on children. While the researchers acknowledge that prior studies have evaluated these laws, they indicate that their study would differ due to its focus on children (rather than adults). In addition, they state prior multi-state studies looked at utilization and access and did not evaluate the impact of state parity laws on the economic burden of seeking mental health treatment. The project will examine how state parity laws affect out-of-pocket health care spending and other measures of the financial burden of treatment costs on families. The objective of this study is to inform the debate about the impact of mental health parity laws at both the state and federal levels.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $64,872.00

Awarded on: 12/19/2005

Time frame: 2/1/2006 - 7/31/2007

Grant Number: 56465


Yale University School of Public Health

60 College Street
P.O. Box 208034
New Haven, 06520-8034


Susan H. Busch
Project Director