Emergency departments (EDs) across North America have become a safety net for patients seeking mental health (MH) services. The prevalence of families seeking treatment of children in MH crisis has become a national emergency. To address MH access and improve quality and efficient management of children with MH conditions, the authors describe ED projects targeting this vulnerable population. Five North American health care systems volunteered to feature projects that seek to reduce ED visits and/or improve the care of MH patients: Allina Health, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, and Rhode Island Hospital.
Keywords: Care coordination; Emergency department; Mental health; Pediatric emergency department.
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