Gregory Fritz, MD, President of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, has focused his 2015-2017 Presidential Initiative on integrated behavioral health care in order to better serve our nation's children and their families. He envisioned the Pediatric Integrated Care Resource Center (PIC-RC) as championing the full integration of medical and behavioral/mental health services.
The PIC-RC's primary audiences are the pediatricians, family practitioners, psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, advanced practice nurses, nurse practitioners, child and adolescent psychiatrists, and other mental healthcare professionals working each and every day with children and their families in patient- and family-centered pediatric medical homes. Families, policymakers, insurance carriers, and other stakeholders are also viewed as important audiences.
The information in the PIC-RC represents the collective wisdom of medical and behavioral/mental health experts and aims to support and augment working collaborations with the pediatric medical home. We welcome all to enter and explore the PIC-RC.
The content curators for the Pediatric Integrated Care Resource Center are two academic child and adolescent psychiatrists:
David R. DeMaso, M.D. (Co-Curator) is Gardner and Monks Professor of Child Psychiatry and Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Eisenberg Chair in Psychiatry at Boston Children's Hospital. He is former co-chair and current member of the AACAP Committee on Collaboration with Medical Professions, which is developing a new national clinical practice guideline on integrated behavioral health in pediatric primary care.
Heather J. Walter, M.D., M.P.H., (Co-Curator) is Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and Senior Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Walter is current co-chair of the AACAP Committee on Quality Issues, which develops national clinical guidelines for the practice of child and adolescent psychiatry, including a new guideline on integrated behavioral health in pediatric primary care.