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Mental Health

dc-collaborative-document-september-2016The DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Primary Care aims to improve the integration of mental health in pediatric primary care for children in the District of Columbia. The Collaborative has a strong commitment to addressing the mental health needs of diverse children and their families through culturally competent, family-focused initiatives that: 1) support families, 2) support pediatric practices and providers, 3) facilitate the integration of mental health services into primary care, and 4) support relevant policy/advocacy efforts.

The DC Collaborative also aims to evaluate the initiatives in which we engage. We aim to address the mental health needs of all children and youths, but are particularly focused on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The members of the working group include the DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Children’s National Health System, Georgetown University, Children’s Law Center, and the DC Departments of Health, Behavioral Health, and Health Care Finance. An interdisciplinary Community Advisory Board oversees the Working Group and provides feedback on all significant activities and initiatives.

dc-mapDC MAP (mental health access in pediatrics) is a program aimed at improving mental health integration within pediatric primary care. Staffed collaboratively by a team of mental health clinicians (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and a care coordinator) from Children’s National Health System and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, the DC MAP team is excited to offer consultation and training to your practice to help you manage the mental health concerns of your patients and their families.

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