Mental Health Treatment

What Parents Should Know

Most communities provide a variety of treatment programs and services for children and teens. No one service or program is best. In fact, it may take time to find the right mix of services and programs to help your child. As children grow, their needs change.

When you first suspect that your child might have mental health needs, he should be evaluated by a mental health professional. The professional’s job is to evaluate your child’s mental health and make recommendations about services that will help. Children’s services span a wide range, from outpatient counseling to residential or inpatient care. The professional should include you in any decisions about your child. The professional may have to get approval from your insurance company or from Medicaid before your child can get services.