HHS Secretary Admiral Levine Visits Seattle Children’s to Discuss Youth Mental Health Crisis
Admiral Rachel L. Levine, MD, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health, made a rare visit to Seattle Children’s on Tuesday. Her visit included a tour of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (PBMU), Emergency Department and the Seattle Children’s Gender Clinic.
Levine first met with PBMU leaders to discuss the national mental health crisis among adolescents. PBMU leaders described the significant increase they have seen in mental health-related visits to the emergency department, as well as an increase in youth suicide attempts/ideation. They told Levine how Seattle Children’s has developed innovative programs like the Behavioral Health Crisis Care Clinic to address the need we see every day in our Emergency Department. However, even with these innovations, the team can’t keep pace with the numbers of youth and families coming to our Emergency Department with mental health concerns.