Better access leads to better care

North Dakota Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program

If you’re a primary care provider who has pediatric patients with behavioral health concerns, we are here to support you in delivering the critical mental health screening and evidence-based treatment they need.

Service Finder

At North Dakota PMHCA, we provide Peer Consultation, Care Coordinator, Training & Educational Opportunities, and Direct Client Consultation.

Diagnostic Folders

We provide resources for physicians, educators, counselors, and parents looking for information on evidence-based screening, treatments, and additional mental health resources.

Upcoming Events

Join us for one of our upcoming clinics or our annual virtual symposium. Our Pediatric Mental Health TeleECHO clinics host a variety of presenters.

North Dakota PMHCA Goals

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An Established Need

Forty-eight of North Dakota’s 53 counties do not have enough mental health professionals. For those counties identified as having enough, the waiting lists are several months long in order to access specialty care from a psychiatrist or mental health therapists. The North Dakota PMHCA program provides access to a board-certified child psychiatrist for all counties in North Dakota.

According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, one in six children, ages 6-17, experience a mental health disorder each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nine in ten children receive mental health care regularly from their primary care providers; however, only one in three pediatricians report having enough training to diagnose and treat children with a mental health disorder. With the North Dakota youth suicide rate nearly twice that of the national average, the collaboration of all pediatric providers is necessary.

Since early diagnosis and treatment can make a difference in the lives of the child and their family, the PMHCA program is committed to increasing the access to providers who can offer services that include screening, referral, and treatment across our state.