Integrating Mental and Physical Health Services Using a Socio-Emotional Trauma Lens

Lauren Dayton, Jen Agosti, Deirdre Bernard-Pearl, Marian Earls, Kate Farinholt, Betsy Mc Alister Groves, Mark Rains, Barry Sarvet, Holly C. Wilcox, Lawrence S Wissow

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This article provides a synthesis of the lessons learned from the Pediatric Integrated Care Collaborative (PICC), a SAMHSA-funded project that is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. The high prevalence of trauma exposure in childhood and shortage of mental health services has informed efforts to integrate mental and behavioral health services in pediatric primary care. This article outlines strategies to integrate care following the six goals of the PICC change framework: create a trauma/mental health informed office; involve families in program development; collaborate and coordinate with mental health services; promote resilience and prevent mental health problems through a particular focus on trauma-related risks; assess trauma-related somatic and mental health issues; and address trauma-related somatic and mental heath issues. We conclude with a summary of key strategies that any practice or practitioner could employ to begin or continue the process of integration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-401
Number of pages11
JournalCurrent Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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