New research led by Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Public Health found that children who received integrated mental health care showed improvements in both mental health and school performance. These findings, published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, examined changes over time in outcomes among 6-12-year-old children receiving integrated behavioral health care at three federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) that implemented the TEAM UP Model of care.
The study, which included 51 children serviced by FQHCs in Massachusetts, found that over 12 months of receiving integrated mental health care, children’s mental health symptoms, health-related quality of life, and school-related functional outcomes significantly improved, supporting the potential benefits of pediatric integrated behavioral health care.
TEAM UP for Children-;Transforming and Expanding Access to Mental Health Care in Urban Pediatrics-; is a pediatric integrated behavioral health initiative co-developed by Boston Medical Center and seven FQHCs designed to equip health centers to deliver high-quality, evidence-informed, trauma-responsive, integrated behavioral healthcare in historically marginalized communities. In these health centers, where 74% of the patient population is from a racial and/or ethnic minoritized group, 37% are best served in a language other than English, and 67% live at or below the federal poverty level, TEAM UP has created a sustainable, adaptable, and replicable model that strengthens pediatric primary care.
In a recent study highlighted by News-Medical, the positive impact of integrated mental health care on children’s mental well-being and academic performance has been underscored. The study’s findings emphasize the crucial link between mental health support and educational outcomes for young individuals.
By combining mental health interventions with academic support, the research showcased significant improvements in children’s overall mental health and school performance. This integrated approach aimed to identify and address mental health challenges early, fostering a conducive environment for emotional well-being and cognitive development.
Furthermore, the study highlighted that when mental health care is seamlessly integrated into educational settings, it leads to a reduction in absenteeism and an increase in student engagement. Students who receive timely support for their mental health concerns are better equipped to manage stress, anxiety, and other emotional challenges, ultimately leading to improved academic achievements.
In light of these promising results, it’s clear that a comprehensive approach to children’s well-being—one that encompasses both mental health care and academic support—can yield remarkable benefits. If you or someone you know is grappling with addiction, reach out to rehabnear.me at 855-339-1112 for compassionate assistance and guidance. Your journey toward a healthier and happier life begins with a simple step—making that call.
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