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Behavioral Health Provider Education Initiative

Established in March 2016, the Behavioral Health Provider Education Initiative at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta aims to educate healthcare providers on behavioral and mental health issues within the pediatric population. By equipping physicians with proper educational tools and resources that directly impact children, the goal of the initiative is to improve the quality of care provided to patients in our community by providing the educational tools and resources. Approximately 25 percent of our primary care providers’ patients have behavioral and mental health concerns. These concerns span all demographics and are estimated to touch the lives of more than a hundred thousand kids in Georgia. Studies have shown that early detection, assessment and intervention in patients who exhibit behavioral and mental health concerns can impact future outcomes.

This initiative is funded by a grant from the Children's 1998 Society. After the initial pilot, the behavioral health initiative committee overseeing the program will periodically evaluate its success to determine if the program will continue.

Want to speak with a pediatric specialist about care management issues and receive advice?
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The committee has designed a three-pronged approach to meeting the needs of healthcare providers and their patients. The three areas of commitment are:

Program features

  • Resource center: An online, one-stop compendium of resources will be found on the Physician Portal. Requests for advice may be initiated from this site.
  • Call center: A non-emergency advice line open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The call center is staffed by a psychiatrist and a psychologist. Providers are encouraged to use this line to discuss de-identified behavioral and mental health patient information. Off-hours callers are invited to leave a message. Calls will be returned within the next available program hours.
  • Education: The intention of The Children's Behavioral Health Physician Advice Line is to improve physician competence and performance in diagnosing and treating mental and behavioral health issues in children within their practice.

The committee is leading efforts in mental and behavioral health to make kids better today and healthier tomorrow.


Primary Care Behavioral Health Primer Series

Watch the videos below to learn more about youth depression.

Behavioral Health Primer Series: Youth Depression by Megan Benoit Ratcliff, Ph.D., M.P.H., Pediatric Psychologist.

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