Provides families with practical information about integration to help them get involved in the integrated care movement and improve the quality of care their child receives in the pediatric primary care setting.
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Integration of Behavioral Health into Primary Care
State efforts to ensure that Medicaid beneficiaries have access to integrated care, however, are hindered by a fragmented behavioral health system that is administered and regulated by multiple state agencies and levels of government, and by purchasing models that segregate behavioral health services from other Medicaid-covered services.
Examines five promising approaches currently underway in Medicaid to better integrate physical and behavioral health care. They can be arrayed along a continuum that ranges from relatively modest steps to coordinate care between the two systems, to more ambitious efforts to implement a single integrated system of care.
Synthesizes key points from a meeting convened by Grantmakers in Health focused on improving the children’s health care system by better integrating oral and mental health services into primary care. It describes the challenges to an integrated children’s health system and provides examples of how health funders are addressing these problems.
Advances an approach to children’s mental health that applies public health concepts to efforts that support children’s mental health and development. The approach is presented in a conceptual framework comprised of four major elements: values that underlie the entire effort, guiding principles that steer the work, a process that consists of three core public health action steps/functions, and a new model of intervening that provides the range of intervention activities required to implement a comprehensive approach.
Offers increase understanding of the program rules and help fulfill the promise of EPSDT for young children.
Addressses Mental Health Concerns in Primary Care brings together a myriad of ready-to-use resources and tools on one instant-access CD-ROM. Look here for screening and assessment instruments, quick-reference care management advice, step-by-step care plans, time-saving documentation and referral tools, coding aids, billing and payment tips, parent handouts, community resource guides, and much more.
Discusses how (1) pediatric primary care clinicians will play an increasingly important role in promoting the social-emotional health of children and providing treatment—or serving as an entry point to specialty treatment—for children and adolescents who have mental health and substance abuse problems and (2) the growth in this role will involve transformational changes in pediatric primary care practice, requiring new knowledge and skills, payment structures, collaborative relationships, office systems, and resources.
Proposes competencies requisite for providing mental health and substance abuse services in pediatric primary care settings and recommends steps toward achieving them.
Provides resources and a guide to a public awareness campaign that was launched by The Departments of Health and Human Services and Education which is targeted at numerous sectors (e.g. early care and education, medical, primary health care, child welfare, mental health) —highlighting the importance of universal developmental and behavioral screening and support within the context of normative child development.