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St. Luke's free three-day program to equip pediatric care professionals for patients’ mental health challenges

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February 19, 2015

St. Luke’s is deploying programs to increase access by partnering and engaging with primary care providers throughout the state.

Through the generous funding of the Cambia Health Foundation, St. Luke’s and its Children’s Behavioral Health Services are transforming the way child/adolescent behavioral and mental health care services are delivered through free provider workshops.

The REACH (Resource for Advancing Children’s Health) Institute mini-fellowship program is dedicated to the integration of effective child and adolescent behavioral and mental health screening, diagnosis, and treatment.

The three-day program is an intensive, integrative training for primary care providers that covers assessment, diagnosis, treatment and medication for a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, aggression, bi-polar and psychosis. The course is intended to help primary care providers feel more comfortable with providing evidence-based care appropriate to their level of training.

The Boise course is March 6-8. It is being offered for FREE on a first-come, first-served registration basis. Attendees can include pediatricians, family medicine physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

The course is followed by twice-monthly conference calls, which include case study conversations with REACH faculty for the ensuing six months.

The course registration deadline is Feb. 27. To register for one of the 25 slots, contact Laura Stewart immediately at 208-814-9126 or lauras@slhs.org.

For more on the program and how it will help address Idaho's significant struggles in providing mental health care to children, read this blog post from Dr. David Pate and Dr. Sam Pullen.