Children’s mental health
Primary care

Primary care clinics are critical connections for identifying children with mental health needs and referring them to services and treatment. Integrating children’s mental health with primary care recognizes the close connection between the mind and body. Sleeping, eating, substance abuse, self-injury and other physical problems are sometimes symptoms of possible mental health concerns.

Professional associations, providers, health plans and state agencies promote the use of shared care models between psychiatrists and other mental health providers and primary care providers, such as pediatricians and family practice providers. DHS is active in the following clinical, financial and structural approaches to integrate children’s mental health into primary care settings:

  • • Increasing the capacity of primary care providers to recognize and address common mental health conditions through training and consultation
  • • Incorporating physical health screening methods and health promotion concepts into statewide training for new case managers
  • • Promoting professional and physical models of co-location
  • • Assisting with development of behavioral health homes to coordinate delivery of behavioral health services for adults
  • • Developing billing mechanism for mental health screenings
  • • Establishing financial incentives in managed care contracts to perform screenings
  • Related Links

  • American Academy of Pediatrics – Minnesota Chapter (MNAAP)
  • Center for Rural Mental Health Studies
  • Children’s Mental Health Hospital Discharge/Transition to the Community Action Plan (PDF) (2014)
  • Collaboration with Primary Care (American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)
  • Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA)
  • Collaborative Psychiatric Consultation Services
  • Communities Coordinating for Healthy Development
  • Customizing Health Homes for Children with Serious Behavioral Health Challenges (PDF) (March 2013)
  • Early Childhood Mental Health System of Care
  • Early Intervention, IDEA Part C Services, and the Medical Home: Collaboration for Best Practice and Best Outcomes (American Academy of Pediatrics) (PDF) (September 2013)
  • Health Care Homes (MDH)
  • Integrated Care Models (SAMSHA-HRSA Center for Integrated Solutions)
  • Mental Health Care Services in Primary Care
  • Mental Health Initiatives (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • National Center for Medical Home Implementation
  • Reimbursement of Mental Health Services in Primary Care Settings (PDF) (February 2008)
  • SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CHIS)
  • Screening
  • Strategies to Support the Integration of Mental Health into Pediatric Primary Care (PDF) (August 2009)
  • Trauma Tool Box for Primary Care (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
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