Is arrest the best chance for a child to get mental health care?

By Tim Haeck

Children Mental Health CareA girl accused of stabbing two classmates at Snohomish High School had been expelled, evaluated and treated in the months before the attack. That violent episode exposes a shortage of mental health services for kids.

Some experts even suggest that getting arrested might be the best chance for critical, long term treatment.

When Pat Martinelli heard about the stabbing last month, she thought about the two freshmen victims, of course, but also about their young attacker. "I just felt really bad for the girl whose only way of managing her world was to act in this way."

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