Suicide Prevention and Youth: Saving Lives : Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, on Examining Certain Measures to Help Prevent Suicide Among Children and Adolescents, March 2, 2004

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Page 84 - Occupational therapy services may be provided in the family's home; at school; and in the community, such as day care and preschool programs, private clinics, and vocational programs. Occupational therapy evaluation determines whether an individual would benefit from intervention. The evaluation looks at the individual's strengths and needs with respect to daily life function in school, home and community life, focusing on the relationship between the client and their performance abilities, the demands...
Page 84 - For adolescents, the occupational therapy intervention focus is on preparation for occupational choice, improving social and work skills, and learning how to create or alter the environment to maximize their productivity. Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation service covered by private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, workers' compensation, vocational programs, behavioral health programs, early intervention programs, and education programs.
Page 63 - Education, and the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services.
Page 79 - Efficacy of sertraline in the treatment of children and adolescents with major depressive disorder: Two randomized controlled trials.
Page 84 - ... engagement in work, play, and leisure activities. For example, occupational therapy for infants and young children may include remediation of problem areas, development of compensatory strategies, enhancement of strengths, and creation of environments that provide opportunities for developmentally appropriate play and learning experiences. Services for the school-aged child are intended to help them be successful in school. Intervention strategies may focus on improving the child's informationprocessing...
Page 82 - The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) submits this statement for the record of the June 1 5, 2005 hearing.
Page 81 - Suicidal thoughts or behaviors are often symptoms of depression, ADHD, and bipolar disorder in adolescents. Of these, depression has been identified as the top risk factor. About 5 percent of children and adolescents in the general population are depressed at any given point in time. Children under stress, who experience loss, or who have attentional, learning, conduct or anxiety disorders are at a higher risk for depression. The behavior of depressed teenagers may differ from the behavior of depressed...
Page 62 - This program is funded by the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Page 87 - Often these families have long since exhausted their private insurance benefits for mental health coverage (90 percent of private health insurance plans place restrictive and discriminatory caps on mental health benefits) and paying for intensive services is simply not financially feasible. Most of these families do not qualify for Medicaid benefits. State agencies and others tell many families that the only way to access critically needed treatment is by relinquishing custody of their child to the...
Page 59 - For young people 15-24 years old, suicide is the third leading cause of death, behind unintentional injury and homicide.

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