Nationally, one in ten children suffers from an impairing emotional or behavioral disorder; however, less than one quarter of children with an impairing psychiatric disorder receive any mental health services, and even fewer receive effective services.
With generous support from The Duke Endowment, the Duke Integrated Pediatric Mental Health (IPMH) Initiative is a Duke and Durham Community Collaborative aimed at identifying discontinuities of care for children and building the foundation for an innovative continuum of care to improve children’s mental health. In addition, the Duke IPMH Initiative is designed to reduce the need for intensive hospital-based care, and improve school attendance and academic performance. In addition, it represents a collaborative effort between the Duke Division of Child and Family Mental Health and Developmental Neuroscience, Duke University Health System, Durham Public Schools, the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, the Northern Piedmont Community Care Network, and state and local mental health systems of care.
The objective of the Duke IPMH Initiative is to improve access to timely, appropriate, and high quality mental health care for children in Durham by:
In collaboration with community partners, our central goal is to enable the Durham community to become a national model for effective and collaborative pediatric mental health care within integrated educational and health systems.
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