Better Adolescent Behavioral Health Care in the Office Practice
Behavioral disorders—which can include depression, conduct disorder, and substance abuse—affect large numbers of young people. A 2009 report from The Institute of Medicine indicates fifty percent of adult mental health conditions are first diagnosed by age 14, and almost one in five young people have one or more behavioral disorders at any given time. There is a need to improve the delivery of behavioral health care to the adolescent population and the value of early identification of “at risk” patients by primary care providers cannot be understated. This course will provide attendees with a review of tools for screening adolescents for these disorders, integrating new care delivery models into practice and — when a higher level of intervention is needed beyond the PCP office — better connection to community partners and services.
Teaching methods include lectures, small group discussion and Q&A with faculty.
This course is appropriate for physicians in pediatrics, family practice, psychiatry and general practice. This course is also appropriate for residents and advanced practice providers.
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Michael Dudas, MD, FAAP
Chief, Pediatrics Division
Virginia Mason, University Village Medical Center
Karina K. Uldall, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Behavioral Health