Pediatric Mental Health Care in the Emergency Department Toolkit

Resource summary

The number of children seeking care for a mental health crisis in an emergency department (ED) is on the rise. With limited mental health services, hospitals in rural areas bear an excessive burden.

To address these issues, HRSA released a toolkit of literature references and tools that can be used by hospitals to support the creation of care pathways. Care pathways improve the identification and management of children and adolescents who present to the ED in a mental health crisis. The toolkit also contains a template designed to help hospitals establish a customized care pathway, with special acknowledgment given to the unique challenges that face rural communities.

Care Managers
Practice Manager
Primary Care Provider (Physician, ARNP, or PA)
Psychologist/Mental Health/Psychiatrists
Quality Improvement Managers
Regional Connectors
Social Workers
Support Staff
Practice Type
Behavioral Health
Primary Care
Resource type
Publication date
Sponsoring organization
Healthcare Resource and Service Administration (HRSA)