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.  


Basic Needs 

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.


Health Insurance 

Healthsource RI, state health insurance exchange 

RI-Reach,  Rhode Island's Health Insurance Consumer Support Line


Early Childhood 

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


Rhode Island Early Intervention Program


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

Truancy Prevention Policy Brief

Truancy Prevention Toolkit


Trauma Informed Care Resources

National  Child Traumatic Stress Network, Trauma and Your Family Tip Sheet

Day One Children's Advocacy Center 

Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence 


Family Care Community Partnership


Rhode Island Family with Children Programs 

Rhode Island Children with Special Needs 

Kids' Link RI -Hotline for Children in Behavioral Health  


Substance Use & Mental Health Leadership Council 







Watch this video to hear family and youth experiences with the Family Care Community Partnership (FCCP).