With the support of The Duke Endowment, the Integrated Pediatric Mental Health Collaboration: A Duke and Durham Community Initiative, is aimed at identifying “discontinuities” of care for children with impairing mental illness and building the foundation for an innovative continuum of care that will improve children’s mental health, reduce the need for intensive hospital-based care, and improve school attendance and academic performance. This represents a collaborative effort between the Division of Child and Family Mental Health and Developmental Neuroscience, Duke Medicine, the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, the Northern Piedmont Community Care network, state and local mental health systems of care, and the Durham Public schools.
This four-year grant is built on principles of community engagement, collaborative assessment, shared problem-solving, and rigorous evaluation.
Through the following three linked initiatives, our aim is to improve the integration of pediatric mental health care for children in Durham:
In collaboration with community partners, our 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.