About 1 in 5 children are diagnosed with a mental health disorder. The earlier these issues are identified, the better the probable outcome for those youth. Westat’s children’s mental health experts promote effective individual and systems-level approaches to safeguard these children. We look to strengthen mental health systems support for youth and their families by analyzing the evidence-based data, evaluating programs, and recommending initiatives. Our research helps to improve existing programs and develop new ones so that these individuals get the support and services they need to thrive.