Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

CHDI to Help Pediatricians Adopt National ADHD Guidelines

CHDI will help pediatric primary care practices diagnose ADHD in patients and connect them to the behavioral health care they need. Over the next year, CHDI will work with Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health (OCCH), the Yale Child Study Center and the Connecticut Family Support Network to promote the following three practice changes at 10 Connecticut practices:

  • Improving rates of follow up of parents’ concerns about inattention with initiation of validated assessment tools for ADHD
  • Ensuring that a diagnosis of ADHD includes assessment for co-existing conditions
  • Using medical home strategies for all children diagnosed with ADHD, including family support and linkage with community services

The one-year project is managed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and supported by an independent grant from Pfizer, Inc. It is one five projects selected nationally to increase adoption of national guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics on ADHD (Clinical Practice Guideline for the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of ADHD in Children and Adolescents). After the grant period is completed, CHDI will continue this work through Educating Practices in the Community (EPIC) trainings.

Visit our Evidence-Based Practice Directory has an evidence-based practice directory that lists mental health providers trained in popular evidence-based practices available in Connecticut for children and families with behavioral health needs. Evidence-based practices are those supported by research showing that they work for most children.