Preliminary Outcomes from an Integrated Pediatric Mental Health Outpatient Clinic.
An estimated 1 in 5 children in the United States meet criteria for a diagnosable mental disorder, yet fewer than 20% receive mental health services. Unmet need for psychiatric treatment may contribute to patterns of increasing use of the emergency department. This article describes an integrated pediatric evaluation center designed to prevent the need for treatment in emergency settings by increasing access to timely and appropriate care for emergent and critical mental health needs. Preliminary results showed that the center provided rapid access to assessment and treatment services for children and adolescents presenting with a wide range of psychiatric concerns.
Maslow, GR; Banny, A; Pollock, M; Stefureac, K; Rosa, K; Walter, BK; Hobbs Knutson, K; Lucas, J; Heilbron, N
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