Child Mental Health Now Versus the Past

Of note, this post is adapted from a similar one that appeared last week in my Psychology Today blog. From many headlines today, it is easy to get the impression that children and adolescents are struggling more than ever these days.  At the same time, the mental health system designed to help our kids and […]

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Child Psychiatry Phone/Email Consult Service Underused: Help Us Understand Why?

For the past year, child psychiatry clinicians at the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families (VCCYF) have been assigned to primary care practices across the state to be available for questions made through phone or email (or this blog).  The program is supported by the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) and comes at […]

Navigating Residential Services for Vermont Youth

(editor’s note:  I’m happy to post this guest blog by some colleagues at HowardCenter on a topic that comes up all the time for parents and clinicians – DR) By Cyrus Patten MSW, Jessica Coleman LCMHC, and Robin Yandell APRN HowardCenter When children and youth are experiencing challenging emotional and behavioral issues  that are not […]

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Access to Child Mental Health Care in Times of Shortage

It is no surprise to anyone working in primary care or mental health that access to child psychiatrists and other mental health experts is very difficult.  Here at the VCCYF, our own waitlist has grown to many many months despite everyone working on all cylinders.  Frustrations by parents, clinicians, and (yes) those of us here […]

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