The majority of children and adolescents with mental illness receive no psychological treatment, and those that do rarely receive evidence-based practices. The School Mental Health Movement is an attempt to address this need by expanding high-quality mental health services in public schools, but results have been mixed. This session introduced the goals and objectives of the school mental health movement and provided a critical examination of implementation efforts to date. Specific recommendations will be offered to strengthen these efforts in eastern North Carolina based on proven delivery models and innovations currently being tested at East Carolina University.
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The prevalence rate of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among children in North Carolina is one of the highest in the country (12.8%), and the proportion of cases treated with medications (74.4%) exceeds the national average (66.3%). Although the reasons for the high rate of diagnosis and medication usage are unclear, it seems likely that the problem is exacerbated in areas that lack behavioral health resources, such as eastern North Carolina. This workshop examined the current conceptualization of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and how to perform an accurate diagnosis with limited resources. Moreover, the workshop focused on assessments that inform effective psychosocial treatments at home and school, potentially reducing the need for pharmacological treatments. To this end, the workshop examined the most promising psychosocial interventions for children and adolescents with ADHD, from ages 5 to 18 (grades K-12), with a emphasis on practical strategies that can be feasibly implemented by parents, teachers, and mental health professionals. Attendees received vital resources to perform effective assessments.
More information about this presentation is provided in our Blog.