Up to one out of every five children in the United States may suffer from an emotional or behavioral disorder. If identified early, many children with such disturbances could avoid further disability. Yet surveys show that fewer than half of the kids who struggle to function because of emotional or behavioral disorders have seen a mental health professional within the past year.
Current models of mental health services for children have resulted in a breach of care. Our center was established in 2010 through funding from the National Institute of Mental Health to help address this service gap by examining ways to integrate mental health care in traditional primary care settings. Ultimately, we aim to empower primary care providers to reduce the impact of emotional and behavioral impairments among their child patients and those patients’ families.
We welcome students, researchers, clinicians, policy makers, and mental health consumers and their advocates to explore this site and learn more about our efforts.