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Presented at the 18th Annual Research Conference

Building Linkages for Early Childhood Mental Health

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Presenting: John Lippitt

All Authors for this paper: John Lippitt

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: This presentation will describe the results of a demonstration project designed to build a linkage between the child welfare (CW) system and the Part C Early Intervention (EI) system for children under age three in order to assess and respond to early childhood mental health and other developmental issues. Of 104 children referred and evaluated by the EI system, 74% were eligible for services. Given that a consistent CW to Part C linkage does not exist, this indicates that many young children who are at high risk for serious mental health and developmental problems not do receive appropriate assessments or services.

Building Bridges in Early Childhood Mental Health - Screening in Pediatrics and Child Care

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Presenting: D. Russell Lyman

All Authors for this paper: D. Russell Lyman; Suzanne Morse-Fortier

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: A significant number of Massachusetts parents of children in high-end wraparound services report that they knew their children had mental health problems by age four, yet most did not get help until much later. This initiative pilots the use of the Parents Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) as a screening tool in public pediatric practice, WIC and preschool child care settings for children under six. Incidence of specific reported problems as well as follow-up referrals are compared to baseline data. Barriers and opportunities for early identification are described, as are implications for public policy and practice.

Mental Health Screening and Intervention in a Pediatric Setting

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Presenting: Karen Hacker

All Authors for this paper: Karen Hacker; Deborah Weidner; Jeannie McBride

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: In 1999, The Surgeon General called upon pediatricians to improve screening and referral for child mental illness. The Cambridge Health Alliance introduced mental health screening in its pediatric clinic using the Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC) . A clinical social worker was co-located in the practice. Parents fill out the screen, primary care providers score the tool and refer, and the social worker provides consultation and counseling. To date over 1,300 5-19 year olds have been screened at their annual visits. Seven percent have scored positively. This presentation will focus on implementation of screening, obstacles to success and results to date.

Innovations in Early Identification and Service Access

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Session Number: 56 Room: Salon J

Presenting: D. Russell Lyman; Neal Michaels

All Authors for this paper: D. Russell Lyman; Neal Michaels

Presentation Type: brief symposium

Synopsis: We know that the needs of many vulnerable children are not identified soon enough, and that significant numbers end up becoming consumers of intensive wraparound services later in development. How can we best find these children as early as possible in life? In pediatric practice? Child care? Social services? What tools to use? This symposium describes three Massachusetts pilots in early detection and service access for very young children as well as adolescents. The incidence of identified developmental and mental health problems is investigated, as are opportunities and obstacles for early identification and treatment in current systems of care.

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2005

Session Time: 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM