With ACCESS Mental Health
Join our ACCESS Mental Health Hub Team Psychiatrists for a monthly educational discussion on a variety of behavioral health topics for pediatric primary care providers. Monthly Zoom meetings will provide a short, structured didactic followed by an open discussion. Bring your questions!
First Thursday of Every Month 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Meeting ID: 935 1474 7493
Interested in presenting a case or need more information, please email
Beth Garrigan – email@example.com
February 4, 2021: “Neuropsychological and Autism Testing for PCPs” – Click to view recording.
January 7, 2021: “Treatment of ADHD with Poor Response to Treatment” – Click link to view recording.
- ADHD 201- v.1.7.2021 – Click link to view powerpoint.
- ADHD MEDICATION CHART- RJM -10.2019 – Click link to view chart.
December 3, 2020: “Medication Management for Anxiety Disorders” – Click link to view recording.
November 5, 2020: “School Related Anxiety” – Click link to view recording.
October 1, 2020: “Anxiety: Initial Screening, Diagnosis and Referral” – view powerpoint: Anxiety Assessment AMHCT ZOOM 10.1.20
COVID-19 Specific Behavioral Health Resources
Talk It Out Connecticut : A toll-free phone line for parents and caregivers who need someone to listen, to understand, and to talk their feelings out.
Talking About Mental Health Isn’t Easy : 1Word 1Voice 1Life Preventing Suicide Video
Youth Suicide: Be the One to Start the Conversation : 1Word 1Voice 1Life Preventing Suicide Video
Explaining COVID-19 to Children
Mindheart COVIDBook – a printable book for ages 2-7yo explaining the virus (translated in many languages including Spanish and Arabic)
Science Podcast for Kids – a video explanation
AACAP: Managing Media Related Anxiety – guidelines for managing the negative effects of watching the news
Guide From The National Association for School Psychologists – a guide for parents addressing talking to children and creating structure and predictability for daily life at home
Coping during the COVID-19 Pandemic- A Guide for Families with Children with Autism – from Yale Child Study Center
School Closure Kit – from Connecticut Childrens
Grief and Loss and Social Distancing
Grief and Loss Reading List – Related books that may help children and adults dealing with grief from The Cove Center for Grieving Children
Autism Bereavement – Bereavement resources for children on the autism spectrum from autism.org
Support for Victims of Intimate Partner Violence
CTSafeConnect.org or dial 888-774-2900 to access Connecticut’s Intimate Partner Violence hotline – CTSafeConnect is available not only to your patients, but you can also call for support to discuss a case with a trained professional.
Safety Planning – one page support sheet from sanctuaryforfamilies.org
Behavioral Health Resources
- Appendix II Psychotropic Medication Monitoring Protocols March 2020
- CYP Metabolism of Psychotropic Medications – November 2013
- Brand Name/Generic Name Drug List – June 2016
- Maximum Daily Dosages – April 2017
- Guidelines for Psychotropic Medication Use in Children and Adolescents
The provider who wishes to prescribe psychotropic medications to children/adolescents who are under the care and custody of DCF must obtain informed consent from the Agency, who acts as the legal guardian for the child. The first point of contact with DCF to request this consent is with the Centralized Medication Consent Unit (CMCU). Providers may contact the CMCU to request psychotropic medication consent either by fax or email:
Toll free fax: 1-877 323-3784 (1 877 DCF-DRUG) or Email: Getmeds.firstname.lastname@example.org
- DCF-465 – CT.gov – Medication Consent Form for DCF Youth
Substance Use and Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
- AAP Policy Statement SBIRT
- AAP Clinical Report SBIRT
- Adolescent SBIRT Opening Questions Algorithim
- Pediatricians Trained In SBIRT Ten Times May Be More Likely To Identify Young Addicts
- A-SBIRT FAQs
- Patient Health Questionnaire PHQ-9
- Patient Health Questionnaire PHQ-9 Bright Futures
- Pediatric Symptom Checklist PSC-17
- Pediatric Symptom Checklist PSC-17 Bright Futures
Behavioral Health Crises and Self Injury
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (suicide & crisis hotline): 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Trevor Project (crisis intervention & suicide prevention for the LGBTQ community): 1-866-488-7386
- Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741741
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Anxiety Disorders and School Avoidance – webinar
Aggressive Behavior and Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children
Grief and Loss
Achieve Solutions is an internet library of behavioral health information for providers and families. Using the explore info section on Achieve Solutions home page, you can access information related to a particular mental health concern, get help with life events, and access services.
Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) is a mobile intervention service for children and adolescents experiencing mental health crisis.
2-1-1 Connecticut Infoline – is offered through the United Way and provides 24hour assistance with food, housing, child care, crisis information and more. Emergency Mobile Crisis can be accessed immediately by dialing 2-1-1.
Additional valuable links:
- Connecticut Department of Children and Families:http://www.ct.gov/dcf/site/default.asp
- Child Health and Development Institute: http://www.chdi.org/
- CT – American Academy of Pediatrics: http://ct-aap.org/
- National Network of Child Psychiatry Access Programs (NNCPAP): http://www.nncpap.org/
Program Progress Reports
Program Model Webinars
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 12pm – 1pm CT-AAP
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 12pm – 1pm CT-AAP