Increase the proportion of children and adolescents with ADHD who get appropriate treatment — EMC‑04

Status: Little or no detectable change

Little or no detectable change

Most Recent Data:
72.5 percent (2020-21)

79.4 percent

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

75.2 percent of children and adolescents aged 4 to 17 years with current ADHD had received treatment for ADHD (behavior treatment for children aged 4 to 5 years; medication and/or behavior treatment for children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 years) in the past 12 months in 2016-17

Increase the proportion of children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who receive developmentally appropriate treatment, including behavioral therapy and/or medication

Target-Setting Method
Percentage point improvement


Children with ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) are more likely to have problems at school and at home. This leads to higher rates of injuries and emergency department visits. But many children with ADHD don’t get effective behavioral treatment or medication. Strategies to increase access to treatment, like health care provider training or telemental health, and efforts to increase parents’ involvement in their child’s treatment can help more children get the treatment they need.