Linkages is a newsletter for professionals who work with children who have ongoing health conditions or disabilities.
Mental Health Resources for Providers
Variety of resources including handouts, practice guidelines and medication tools:
- Community Behavioral Health Resources
- Treatment and Practice Guidelines
- What is New About ADHD?: Nursing Grand Rounds Video
- Behavioral Health Medications & Decision Guidelines
- Behavioral Health Handouts for Patients & Families
Community Behavioral Health Resources
- The Partnership Access Line (PAL)
PAL is a telephone-based, child mental health consultation for primary care providers in Washington. Child psychiatrists and social workers affiliated with Seattle Children’s Hospital deliver rapid consultation services for any type of child mental health issue. (Providers can call as often as needed M-F, 8 to 5, at 866-599-7257)
- Apple Health ( Medicaid ) and Community Mental Health Agency (CMHA) contracted with a Regional Support Network (RSN)
All children and youth with Apple Health coverage (Medicaid) are entitled to needed mental health care through either Apple Health or a Community Mental Health Agency (CMHA) contracted with a Regional Support Network (RSN). Children and youth can get services either by contacting the RSN for a mental health assessment or contacting their Apple Health plan. Where the child receives services will depend on the level of mental health care needed. To find an RSN service location, call the RSN Children’s Care Coordinator in your area.
Treatment and Practice Guidelines
- Revised ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment Guidelines (from the American Academy of Pediatrics): evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of ADHD in children and adolescents (4-19 years of age). Includes consideration of behavioral interventions and directly addresses problem-level concerns in children based on the (DSM-PC). Also has a medication dosing and pharmacokinetics chart.
- Effectiveness of Treatment of ADHD in At-risk Preschoolers (from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality): evidence- based treatment options for preschoolers.
- Depression Scale for Children (from Bright Futures) with instructions for use (CES-DC).
Screening and Assessment Tools
- Mental Health Screening and Assessment Tools for Primary Care (from the American Academy of Pediatrics)provides a listing of mental health screening and assessment tools, summarizing their psychometric testing properties, cultural considerations, costs, and key references (2012).
Behavioral Health Medications & Decision Guidelines
Behavioral Health Medications
- Managing Medication for Children and Teenagers with AD/HD (from the National Resource Center on AD/HD): provides succinct information on stimulant and non-stimulate medications used to treat ADHD. Includes medication chart with generic and brand name, duration, form, dosage range and common side effects.
- Types of Psychiatric Medication for Children and Teens (from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry): summary list of the types and names of medications used for children and teens with depression, ADHD, bi-polar, mood disorder, anxiety, sleep and other conditions. Does not include dosing or treatment recommendations.
Medication Decision Guidelines
- Autism: Should My Child Take Medicine for Challenging Behavior? (from the Autism Treatment Network with Autism Speaks): a decision aid for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder.
- ADHD Parents Medication Guide (from Children and Adults with AD/HD (CHADD))
- Treatment of Children with Mental Illness (from the National Institutes of Mental Health): answers to frequently asked questions about the treatment and related medications of children with mental health conditions.
- ADHD-Medication Abuse and Diversion (from Children and Adults with AD/HD): explains medication diversion of ADHD medications and what parents and students can do to help prevent abuse.
Behavioral Health Handouts for Patients & Families
- Guidelines for Choosing a Therapist (from Seattle Children’s Hospital)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (from Seattle Children’s Hospital)
- Behavior Treatment for Children and Teens with ADHD (from the National Resource Center on ADHD): this fact sheet defines behavior modification, describes effective parent training, school interventions and child interventions, discusses the relationship between behavior, modification and stimulant medication in treating children and adolescents with ADHD.
- ADHD and Coexisting Conditions: Tics and Tourette Syndrome (from the National Resource Center on ADHD)
- How to Help Your Child: A Parent’s Guide to OCD (from Beyond OCD)
- Anxiety Booklist and Resources (from Seattle Children’s Hospital)
- Anxiety Disorder: Facts for Families (from Seattle Children’s Hospital)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (from Seattle Children’s Hospital)
Mood Disorders (Bi-Polar and Depression)
- Mood Disorders: Bipolar and Depression Booklist and Resources (from Seattle Children’s Hospital)
- About Pediatric Bipolar Disorder (from Balanced Mind Parent Network): a guide for families
- Fact Sheet for Families: Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens (from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
- A Parent’s Guide to Recognizing and Treating Depression in Your Child (from the WA Youth Suicide Prevention Program)