Many have the misconception that mental health issues or the need for mental health treatment centers can begin when you’re a teenager or a young adult, but now younger children are getting screened and checked early for mental health issues to try and prevent worse problems down the road.
The New York Times reports that the State is expanding its mental health centers and mental health programs for children, and it’s important to start early because childhood is when a lot of experiences can take root, causing further problems when one becomes an adult.
New York Hospitals are working on what’s known as “integrated care” for children, where a number of mental health treatments are combined into one system, or are “brought into tandem”.
These systems include the HealthySteps program, where a social worker is paired with a psychologist or a pediatrician, where a child and their family can all get help through one system. As one doctor told the New York Times, “Creating these partnerships is really important.”