Integrated Behavioral Health in Pediatric Primary Care Settings

Using Screening Processes as Ports of Entry for Children and Families

Authored by: Ayelet Talmi , Bridget Burnett , Melissa Buchholz

Handbook of Pediatric Psychological Screening and Assessment in Primary Care

Print publication date:  May  2018
Online publication date:  May  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138723139
eBook ISBN: 9781315193199
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Pediatric primary care settings with integrated behavioral health services are well positioned to identify, assess, treat, and triage common mental health, behavioral, and developmental issues that emerge in childhood. Designing, implementing, and evaluating screening processes is an essential element of integrated behavioral health programs serving children and their families. Screening efforts in pediatric primary care settings include assessment of maternal mood and family well-being, early childhood developmental screening, psychosocial screening, and adolescent depression screening. This chapter describes an integrated behavioral health services program, Project CLIMB, in which several screening initiatives were implemented and evaluated.

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