You can of course see a mental health specialist without talking to your child’s PCP; however, your child’s PCP is familiar with the most common mental health problem’s children face and can be a helpful place to start to address any concerns. Keeping your child’s PCP informed of mental health issues and treatment can ensure they are xx.
In Rhode Island, your child’s PCP can access support and information about treating children’s mental health problems through the Pediatric Psychiatry Resources Network (PediPRN) and can call to consult with a PediPRN child psychiatrist or another mental health specialist to obtain advice, resources, and/or referral information to help your child get the treatment they need.
How PediPRN can help your child
PediPRN is available to help your child’s primary care provider (PCP) with diagnosing and treating mental health problems.