Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Increasing Access to Youth Mental Health Services: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the PATH Program in the Fox Valley

The Providing Access to Healing program of the United Way Fox Cities in Wisconsin increases access to mental health care for students with barriers to receiving treatment by providing in-school therapy by trained therapists. Cognitive behavioral therapy features prominently in this treatment program, and because it greatly increases the likelihood that a student with mental illness graduates from the authors identified two streams of benefits affecting PATH participants: benefits accruing while the student is in school (short-term benefits) and benefits after the student leaves school (long-term benefits). The authors estimate that the PATH program provides average net benefits of $9.4 million.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: Cost-Benefit Analysis Public Affairs 881 taught by David Weimer in Fall 2014
  • Author(s): Andrew Behm, Ann Drazkowski, Samuel Matteson, Maria Serakos, and Cherie Wolter
  • Client Name: United Way Fox Cities