Child Behavioral Health
Mental disorders among children are described as serious changes in the way children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions, which cause distress and problems getting through the day. Children’s mental health services address needs related to children’s mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being. At Murtis Taylor, the treatment of children’s mental health disorders involves the family as well as the school system, courts, child protective services and other community agencies. Through a thorough assessment, called the Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluation without Medical, information is gathered which can include a history of mental health treatment, current symptoms, psychosocial stressors, school performance and available support systems. This information is used to develop linkages with appropriate treatment services and assists in the creation of an individualized service plan. This individualized plan creates a roadmap to achieve goals that promote recovery and enhance an individual’s quality of life while incorporating the individuals cultural and personal preferences.
Mental health issues in children can affect how they think, feel, and act. They can also play a role in how children handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.