CMHC's 2nd Edition Pediatric Behavioral Health Urgent Care Report is out!
This report includes considerations for meeting the needs of children and adolescents with co-occurring mental health needs and Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.
This report examines the behavioral health needs of children, adolescents, and their families. It specifically explores and describes the care elements necessary for responding to the urgent behavioral health needs of children and adolescents, including those with co-occurring autism spectrum disorders and intellectual/developmental disabilities (ASD/IDD).
The model aims to provide children and adolescents with treatment outside of emergency departments, where children may wait hours or days for care. This is particularly important for children with ASD/IDD as they are more likely than their neurotypical peers to come into contact with emergency responders and visit the emergency department (ED) for psychiatric concerns.
By intervening when a need may be "urgent" instead of an emergency, this model seeks to prevent emerging crises from escalating to emergencies, connecting children and adolescents to the care that they require earlier in the crisis.
To learn more about the report or the Pediatric Behavioral Health Urgent Care Project, visit our website: