Issue Brief: Results of Physician Survey on Early Childhood Mental Health Practices

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Research shows that screening by primary care physicians, such as pediatricians or family physicians, is effective at identifying children with mental health concerns. Early identification in young children, combined with appropriate support and effective treatment, could help prepare them for kindergarten, minimize their future mental health problems and allow them to experience good overall physical and mental health later in life.

This brief outlines key findings from a survey on Kansas physician practices related to screening, referral and treatment of young children with mental health conditions. Members of the Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians completed the survey.

The brief is part of a larger project focusing on early childhood mental health in Kansas. A technical report with more detail about the survey results also is available, in addition to other publications included below.

More Resources on Early Childhood Mental Health in Kansas

Early Childhood Mental Health Services in Kansas (Part 1 of 3)

Screening Referral and Treatment Practices for Early Childhood Mental Health (Part 2 of 3)

Early Childhood Mental Health Workforce Capacity (Part 3 of 3)

Special Report: Early Childhood Mental Health Services in Kansas

→ More resources on early childhood mental health in Kansas at

Funding for this project was provided by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, a philanthropy based in Hutchinson, Kansas.