Children’s mental health
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: