REPORT ON PEDIATRIC BEHAVIORAL HEALTH URGENT CARE

CMHC's 2nd Edition Pediatric Behavioral Health Urgent Care Report includes considerations for meeting the needs of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.

This report was made possible with support by: The Miller Innovation Fund, the Peter and Elizabeth Tower Foundations, and C.F. Adams Charitable Trust.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 

 REPORT ON PEDIATRIC BEHAVIORAL HEALTH URGENT CARE 2nd EDITION


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. 

Based on this project, the Children’s Mental Health Campaign (CMHC) began to study one solution: behavioral health urgent care for children. This new multi-year study was led by the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health. Click here to learn more about the Pediatric Behavioral Health Urgent Care Project.

This report examines the behavioral health needs of children, adolescents, and their families. It specifically explores and describes the care elements necessary for responding to the urgent behavioral health needs of children and adolescents, including those with co-occurring autism spectrum disorders and intellectual/developmental disabilities (ASD/IDD).

The model aims to provide children and adolescents with treatment outside of emergency departments, where children may wait hours or days for care, which is particularly important for children with ASD/IDD, as they are more likely than their neurotypical peers to come into contact with emergency responders and visit the ED for psychiatric concerns. By intervening when a need may be "urgent" instead of an emergency, this model seeks to prevent emerging crises from escalating to emergencies, connecting children and adolescents to the care that they require earlier in the crisis.