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Linkages Spring 2014 – Mental Health Resources for Providers: Linkages is a newsletter for professionals who work with children who have ongoing health conditions or disabilities.

Mental Health Resources – Children with Special Needs

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.


Screening and Assessment Tools

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

Behavioral Health Handouts for Patients & Families


Anxiety Disorders

Mood Disorders (Bi-Polar and Depression)

Disclaimer: The inclusion of any resource or website in Linkages does not imply endorsement. Produced by the Center for Children with Special Needs, a program of Seattle Children’s with support from the Washington State Department of Health, Children with Special Health Care Needs Program.


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