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Only about 20% of children with mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders receive care from a specialized mental health care provider.Some families cannot find mental health care because of the lack of providers in Northeastern and Central PA. High costs, lack of insurance coverage, and the time and effort involved make it harder for parents to access adequate mental health care for their child.

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Tonyehn Verkitus is the Executive Director of the Lackawanna and Luzerne County Medical Societies. Her work in the nonprofit world has mostly centered on health and food though she also spent many years training organizations and communities on fundraising and telling their mission-based stories.