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.

Parents & Caregivers

Parents and caregivers are often the first to notice or think that their child might need help. Mental health, also referred to as emotional or behavioral health, should be considered in the same way as other health issues in your child’s life.

In this section, we provide some general information that parents and caregivers can use to help navigate the sometimes confusing and complex world of child mental health. We provide resources and information on common mental health disorders, symptoms and warning signs, as well as information on the best treatment.

This website includes, questions to ask when meeting with your pediatrician or mental health care provider, information on best and evidence-based practices as well as links to other valuable resources in our state and across our nation.

Many questions you may have are likely to be answered in our 25 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section. Please click on the links to the right for more information.



April is World Autism Month

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a general term for disorders of brain development characterized by a range of symptoms. ASD is characterized by many different symptoms, the most common being difficulties with social interaction, difficulties with verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. The degrees to which a child on the spectrum will experience each difficulty can vary greatly. There are no medical tests to diagnose Autism. Instead, physicians and psychologists administer behavioral evaluations. Treatments can include both behavioral treatments and medicines, with professional teams working closely with the child and their family. Recognizing the early signs of Autism can lead to earlier intervention, resulting in better outcomes. To access resources related to Autism, please click here. You can also visit and search for “Autism” in our resources database.