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Conclusion

The increase in child and adolescent psychiatric admits to EDs nationwide is a concerning societal issue that needs to be addressed. The psychiatric assessment and treatment of minors can be a challenging endeavor for any ED psychiatric team to undertake. Overall, in the outpatient arena, there is a lack of child psychiatrists to meet the expanding population of children who need their care. Due to this shortage in community providers, the ED psychiatric services team ends up bridging this gap in outpatient services. Children with acute mental health needs are being treated in the ED setting for many issues that an outpatient provider can address. The ED treatment team needs to be prepared to assess, support, treat, and disposition any children presenting with mental disturbances.

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