Mental health services refers to the continuum of behavioral health interventions and treatment options for young children with mental and behavioral health concerns. This entry defines and describes the continuum of mental health service options and common treatment approaches to mental health intervention for young children.

Continuum of Mental Health Services

Services for young children identified with mental disorders are limited compared to services for their otherwise disabled same-aged peers (e.g., speech impaired, developmentally delayed). However, when a child has been identified with a mental disorder, a continuum of service-delivery options is considered. Specifically, a team of stakeholders (i.e., professionals and caregivers) consider where, how much, and what types of mental health services are required for the child to experience therapeutic success. Service-delivery options are considered along ...

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