Our team recently received an NIMH R21 grant to examine African-American / white differences in psychiatric emergencies. Use of psychiatric care in the Emergency Department imposes a large economic cost and does not provide optimal care relative to that provided in the non-urgent setting. Over the last 10 years, Community Health Centers have rapidly expanded in medically underserved communities. These health centers offer low-cost, routine mental health care. We analyze whether rapid expansion of these health centers reduces the need for African American youth in particular to seek psychiatric care in the emergency department. Jangho Yoon (Oregon State), Lonnie Snowden (UC Berkeley), and Bharath Chakravarthy (UCI) have lended their expertise for this collaborative project.