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Screening for Mental Health Risk Factors in Primary Care (S6:E7)

Primary care providers and pediatricians play a vital role in identifying, preventing and managing pediatric mental health. With the rising need for mental health services and limited access to resources, early detection is a crucial first step.

Listen to pediatric experts discuss mental health screening tools and resources

In this episode, Robert Hilt, MD, and Sandra Fritsch, MD, join us to discuss the importance of routine mental health screenings and the tools and resources primary care providers can leverage within the medical home.

Dr. Hilt is a professor at the University of Washington, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a psychiatrist at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Fritsch is a psychiatrist at The Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado.

In this episode, our experts discuss:

  • Available social-emotional screening tools
  • Rating scales and what to do with the results
  • Increasing providers’ comfort level in addressing pediatric mental health
  • Access to mental health care in rural settings
  • Online resources from the Colorado Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation & Access Program

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Pediatric mental health at Children’s Colorado

The Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children's Colorado provides the highest quality mental health services to children, adolescents and their families. We strive to deliver evidence-based, family-focused and youth-centered services that make a difference. In addition to our cutting-edge clinical services, we are also dedicated to training the next generation of mental health professionals and conducting research to advance the field of child and adolescent mental health.