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Strategies to Support the Integration of Mental Health into Pediatric Primary Care

Examines the landscape for mental health service delivery to children, including a discussion of the role of federal and state agencies, as well as public and private insurance.  The issue brief reviews information on mental health programs, practices and guidelines, and discusses strategies health plans can utilize to improve early identification and treatment for children in primary care.

State Strategies for Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health Services in a Changing Medicaid Environment

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.

Critical Services for our Children: Integrating Mental and Oral Health into Primary 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.

Public Health Approach to Children's Mental Health: A Conceptual Framework

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.

AAP’s Report from the Task Force on Mental Health

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. 

SERIES: An Integrated Approach to support Child Development

Aims to promote a more coordinated approach to meeting children’s developmental needs by proposing the adoption of the SERIES paradigm of developmental screening in which each step—Screening, Early Identification, Referral, Intake, Evaluation, and  Services—is seen not as an isolated activity, but rather an integral component of a single process.  SERIES challenges all systems serving young children to broaden their focus to include practices that promote shared responsibility for ensuring that each child successfully completes the entire pathway from screening to services.


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