How Children's Hospitals Are Improving Behavioral and Mental Health Care

How Children's Hospitals Are Improving Behavioral and Mental Health Care

Explore how Children’s Hospital Association and our members are improving mental and behavioral health care amid a crisis.
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Families, providers, hospitals and health care systems are experiencing a behavioral and mental health crisis. By bringing together pediatric leaders from across the country in our online behavioral health community and sharing experiences and strategies to address the crisis, our members have identified challenges and solutions to drive national change.

By improving mental and behavioral health, we are establishing a healthier future for our children. Here are a few ways Children’s Hospital Association (CHA), and our members, are improving behavioral health care for kids.

Training the workforce

Workforce challenges persist in health care—and training health care professionals to appropriately care for kids with behavioral health issues remains a priority.

  • CHA’s Pediatric Learning Solutions offers online courses for clinicians dedicated to children’s mental, behavioral and emotional health.
  • Children's Health in Dallas partnered with Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute to launch a pediatric mental health initiative that trains pediatric providers to detect and treat behavioral health conditions before they escalate to a crisis.
  • CHA and our members are working to safeguard the pediatric workforce through advocacy, shared learning, and improvement initiatives this year. Here’s how.

Advocating for access and care

Pediatric health care needs urgent action and investments to address the mental health care crisis.

  • CHA's documentary, "The Wait to Nowhere," highlights the growing issue of children in crisis boarding in emergency departments. The film challenges lawmakers to acknowledge this crisis and act now.
  • States have a distinct ability to tailor programs to meet the specific needs of their communities. CHA is tracking these initiatives to support future advocacy efforts.
  • Members can use CHA’s fact sheet to summarize and highlight how children’s hospitals are addressing the crisis.

Telling the story

Through data and collaboration, we can learn from one another and gain a better understanding of the crisis.

Focusing on quality

As children’s hospitals and health systems work to improve health outcomes, they must rethink their role in broader health issues. This includes digging deeper into areas such as behavioral health.

About Behavioral Health

Children's hospitals are working together to tackle the behavioral health crisis in the communities they serve.

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