Rethinking Mental Health.
A number of recent developments have begun pointing the way toward a new approach to children’s mental health in the United States. Belief in the need for a new approach is fueled by concern about overburdened health care systems, high costs, and fragmented approaches to children’s mental health. At the same time, hope for a new approach is inspired by successful examples of public health efforts in the area of children’s physical health, increased recognition of the positive impact of System of Care values, and greater understanding of the ways healthy environments
can enhance children’s development.
In 2007, our colleagues at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development partnered with the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop a conceptual framework for a public health approach to children’s mental health.
Check out the Conceptual Framework developed by SAMHSA and the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development. And, look at how the Center for Community-Based Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy puts practice like this into action.