Where to start when seeking mental health services for a child, youth, or young adult can be challenging. Learning as much as you can about the signs and symptoms being experienced by the individual will help with knowing where to turn for help, It is good practice to inform and seek the advise of a peditrician or family physician first. The type of insurance coverage will direct the type of services and supports that can be accessed. It can be difficult for parents/caregivers, children, youth, and young adults to share personal information, behaviors experienced, and traumatic situations. When experiencing a crisis situation seek help right away.
There are a number of organizations and resources that you can seek help and assistance in learning about children's mental health and navigating services and supports. Parent Support Network can help you get started as you navigate.
Looking for resources we can help. Below are some common resources based on the many requests of parents, caregivers, and young adults.
Street Sheets, provides information about food, shelter and other emergency services to those who are homeless and to community agencies. RI Coalition for the Homeless and to community agencies.
Healthsource RI, state health insurance exchange
RI-Reach, Rhode Island's Health Insurance Consumer Support Line
Love That Baby, Family Visiting program, Rhode Island Department of Health
Exceed, Rhode Island Early Childhood Committment
Social Emotional Development
Bright Futures Family Materials, American Academy of Pediatrics
NCB News, Education Nation, Social Emotional Development, Parent Tool Kit,
Protective Factors & Positive Youth Development
Protective Factors Framework, Child Welfare Information Gateway
Developmental Assets, Search Institute
Special Education Resources
Special Education Handbook, Rhode Island Disability Law Center
Rhode Island Department of Education, Special Education Regulations
Truancy Prevention Resources, RI Youth at Risk Coalition
Trauma Informed Care Resources
National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Trauma and Your Family Tip Sheet
Watch this video to hear family and youth experiences with the Family Care Community Partnership (FCCP).