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Unaccompanied immigrant children need access to mental health professionals [Commentary]
Unaccompanied immigrant children need access to mental health professionals [Commentary]

We must address the mental health needs of the unaccompanied immigrant children arriving in Maryland to be reunited with family members and foster parents. While in the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the children receive comprehensive medical and mental health exams. After release from detention, however, they have no meaningful access to medical care of any sort. Concerns about these children's risk of communicable diseases have been greatly overstated. While generally in very good physical health, these children have a critical need for mental health care. Most have experienced trauma so severe that they felt compelled to embark alone on a perilous...

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