Children and adolescents in need of behavioral health care often face barriers & delays in a fragmented system that is variable in its capacity, quality, and intensity across all service types.
In early 2015, the Children’s Mental Health Campaign (CMHC) launched a multi-year project to gather data to define clearly the scope of issues that lead to Emergency Department (ED) boarding and to use that data to inform a set of solutions to the problem.
The Children’s Mental Health Campaign (CMHC) began to study one solution- behavioral health urgent care for children. This report examines the needs of the children, adolescents, and families and the elements of urgent care required to design a pilot of services.
A pediatric behavioral health urgent care model takes on the emerging needs of youths and prevents children from landing in emergency departments waiting for care. When children need help, they should get timely and appropriate help.