41 Million Dollars Cut Children’s Psychiatric Care Queues

The government is to pour over 41 million dollars into its child and youth psychiatric services, in an effort to cut treatment waiting times.

This investment represents half of the total of 82 million dollars that the government pumps into psychiatric care annually. Social Welfare Minister Göran Hägglund said to Swedish Radio that the government wants to improve the accessibility of psychiatric care for children and young people as the need appears to be huge.

Queues for children’s psychiatric care have been a massive problem for several years. Last year Hägglund set up a target maximum waiting time of one month. However, only 40 percent of councils currently reach that target.