Children’s hospitals are seeing a growing number of children with behavioral and mental health needs; often, families don’t know where to turn. This has put pressure on facilities not designed to care for combative, aggressive or at-risk patients.
This complex issue is leading to higher costs of care and longer hospital stays, contributing to provider burnout and injuries, and uncovering the lack of specialized community services.
New strategies are needed to ensure these children have the best outcomes. Many children’s hospitals are developing programs that support staff in recognizing signs, preventing escalation, and connecting patients and families with the right kind of care.
This series focuses on operational strategies for improving behavioral care management, facility design and staff capabilities; managing complex patients; and building community partnerships.
Children's hospitals have a role in advancing behavioral health solutions in partnership with states and community providers.
Children and adolescents across the country are facing behavioral health crisis more than ever before. Here's what five children's hospitals are ...
Negative experiences on social media carry more weight than positive interactions when it comes to the likelihood of young adults reporting ...
Research suggests depression in women may affect their children's stress and well-being.
Mental and Behavioral Health Tracker
The number of encounters at children's hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide increased steadily from 2008-15.
Substance abuse is a pediatric health care issue. Here's how one children's hospital is bringing care to the community.
This series focuses on operational strategies for improving behavioral care management, facility design and staff capabilities; managing complex ...
A child psychiatrist talks about the role of violence in mental health.
Routine screening can help families overcome barriers to receiving mental health care.
A rapidly growing specialty can help close the gap between doctors and patients.
Education and screening are key to treating postpartum depression.
This nurse shares his story of losing a son to suicide and how that fuels his passion to help families and kids with mental health needs.
For this doctor, providing resources for families and children facing mental or behavioral health issues is personal.
A facilities expert discusses room design strategies to keep behavioral health patients and caregivers safe.
On April 25, CHA joined allied pediatric and mental providers in requesting FY 2019 funding for the pediatric mental health care access grants that ...
Rady Children's Hospital is screening all patients over the age of 12 in the emergency department.
Trial aims to study the effectiveness of cannabidivarin on irritability and repetitive behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
CHA provided CMS with initial recommendations regarding upcoming agency guidelines on suicide risk assessment and mitigation for psychiatric units of ...
This CHA comment letter provides the Joint Commission with feedback from several children’s hospitals on its draft suicide prevention guidelines.
Sessions and posters at the Annual Leadership Conference offer ways to help hospitals provide better mental health care for the pediatric population.
To provide the best mental health care, start by looking at the barriers to that care.
A pediatric leader shares what she sees as the biggest challenges and opportunities in pediatric health care.
A study of children and teens with autism found risk factors that are associated with an increased likelihood of seeking inpatient psychiatric care.
This children's hospital's program combines substance abuse treatment with behavioral health care.
Discuss with hospital colleagues how to manage care for children with behavioral and mental health needs. Topics include programs, staff support, cost of care and more. The new group is open to all members.
New online courses through Pediatric Learning Solutions prepare clinicians working in areas where pediatric patients with psychiatric and/or behavioral health disorders may be encountered.
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