PAPER DELINEATES BENEFITS OF AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO SUPPORT CHILDREN'S EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING
Strategies to Support the Integration of Mental Health into Pediatric Primary Care provides an overview of research advances and policy trends that support integration of mental health into primary care and explores strategies that can be employed by primary care health professionals, with support of health plans, to achieve coordinated and integrated mental health care in the pediatric primary care setting. The issue paper was published by the National Institute for Health Care Management with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Topics include the prevalence of and risk and protective factors for children's mental health problems; the current state of mental health in pediatric primary care, including the relationships between primary care and mental health services; public and private sector financing of mental health services for children and the implications for integrative approaches; federal, organizational, and foundation initiatives supporting integrative care; and considerations and strategies for health professionals and health plans to improve the delivery of mental health care in pediatric primary care.
Conclusions and selected resources on children's mental health care are provided. The paper is available at http://nihcm.org/pdf/PediatricMH-FINAL.pdf.