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Is there a psychiatrist in the house? Integrating child psychiatry into the pediatric medical home

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Center for Health Policy and Research; Department of Pediatrics



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Patient-Centered Care; Primary Health Care; Mental Health Services; Child Psychiatry; Child Health Services


Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Pediatrics | Primary Care | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology | Public Health


To address the mental health needs of children and adolescents, Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) need the capacity to screen for and detect significant mental health symptoms at the earliest stages of expression, the ability to develop treatment plans with patients and families, and systems to monitor and guide treatment over time. Given the complex nature of children’s mental health issues, primary care providers cannot be expected to perform these functions without the help of specialized child psychiatry resources offered in a collaborative fashion. PCMHs need access to consultation services and specialized care coordination.

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Citation: J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2013 Jan;52(1):3-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2012.10.010.

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