Integrated Pediatric Mental Health Care Collaboration

The Integrated Pediatric Mental Health Care Collaboration worked to improve mental health care for students in the Durham public school district through three linked initiatives: assessing and evaluating current pediatric mental healthcare services and identifying gaps in care and collaboration; training emergency department providers and staff as well as teachers and school staff to identify pediatric mental health issues through a targeted curriculum; and developing, implementing, and evaluating the impact of innovative school-based models to improve the transition of care between systems. The project also tracked all children, about 200 per year, who are seen at Duke’s psychiatric emergency department. An additional aim of the initiative was to keep students from dropping out of school.

Partners in the collaboration included the Center for Child and Family Policy, the Durham Center, Northern Piedmont Community Care, and Duke Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, School of Nursing, and Department of Community and Family Medicine.