Founded in 2012, the DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (DC Collaborative) aims to improve the integration of mental health in pediatric primary care for youth in the District of Columbia. This public-private partnership includes an interdisciplinary Working Group, a Community Advisory Board and a Children’s National Project Team.
The DC Collaborative has been working to support and/or implement several initiatives that are broadly focused on:
- Supporting primary care practices and clinicians;
- Supporting families;
- Integrating mental health services into primary care;
- Engaging in related policy/advocacy efforts.
Specific initiatives include:
- Surveying pediatric primary care and mental health clinicians to learn more about their attitudes, beliefs, and practices related to children’s mental health
- Supporting the District’s efforts to expand universal, routine mental health screening at pediatric well child visits
- Implementing a quality improvement learning collaborative for pediatricians related to mental health screening
- Supporting education and training for pediatricians
- Initiating a mental health access program so that pediatricians can receive real-time consultation from a team of mental health clinicians
- Maintaining a comprehensive child mental health resource guide
- Supporting policy efforts that promote mental health integration.