ADDRESSING THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CRISIS
NO CONTEMPORARY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DELIVERY SYSTEM CURRENTLY EXISTS IN ARIZONA. PHOENIX CHILDREN’S AIMS TO CHANGE THAT.
The Hospital has long offered the state’s only pediatric inpatient psychiatry unit. As in most states, Arizona’s overall pediatric behavioral health services are inadequate. This lack of care disproportionately affects children with chronic conditions and foster children, both groups that face greater behavioral health needs, although behavioral and psychiatric disorders affect children of all socioeconomic backgrounds.
Phoenix Children’s already serves high-acuity patients. Now, the Hospital is developing a comprehensive approach for population-based pediatric behavioral health services, including advocating for:
- Expansion of residential treatment services
- Well-defined protocols for placement of children after discharge
- Establishment of ambulatory programs, day hospitalization and intensive outpatient care
Given a commitment for an adequate reimbursement model, Phoenix Children’s can put forward a rational, evidence-based behavioral health delivery system to help children throughout the state.
“Providing behavioral health services is a mission-driven discussion for us.”