Mental and Behavioral Health Services
Mental illness impacts 1 in 5 of our nation’s youth. Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and three-quarters through age 24. 20 percent of these receive treatment, and only a small fraction are treated by a child or adolescent psychiatrist.
School-based psychiatry care presents a unique opportunity to intervene, eliminating significant barriers to access – including transportation. Other benefits include less class time missed, less work time missed for parents and caregivers, and more opportunity for collaboration between school staff and mental health professionals.
School-based psychiatry is currently being piloted in a few select schools and is an important part of the ThriveKids program that Children's Hospital plans to expand in the future.
Mental and behavioral health services span virtual care, in-school screenings, case management, and professional development for school team members.
High 5 Partner Schools
- Services: Universal screening and data analysis, immunizations, student group curriculum, professional development training for teachers, weekly telepsychiatry, virtual care (telehealth) for school nurses, sports medicine team physicals, family health literacy – professional development, and High 5 video and blog content created by Children's Hospital providers
- Psychiatry and counseling services
Outpatient Community Psychiatry
- Weekly telepsychiatry services for enrolled programs
Learn more about mental and behavioral health services from Children’s Hospital.
Learn more about Children’s Hospital’s High 5 Project, a community-wide movement to meet the mental health needs of Louisiana’s children.