Status: Baseline only


Increase the proportion of adolescents with major depressive episodes (MDEs) who receive treatment

Baseline: 41.4 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years with MDEs received treatment in the past 12 months, as reported in 2018

Target: 46.4 percent

Target Setting Method
Percentage point improvement


The earlier young people get treatment for depression, the more effective it can be. Early treatment can also help prevent more severe, long-term problems as children and adolescents get older. But many adolescents with depression don’t get treatment. Treatment plans that connect primary care providers, patients, and mental health specialists can help adolescents get the care they need.