Opportunities to Promote Children's Behavioral Health: Health Care Reform and Beyond: Workshop Summary


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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has several provisions that could greatly improve the behavioral health of children and adolescents in the United States. To explore how the ACA and other aspects of health care reform can support innovations to improve children’s behavioral health and sustain those innovations over time, the Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health held a workshop in Washington, DC, on April 1–2, 2015, titled “Opportunities to Promote Children’s Behavioral Health: Health Care Reform and Beyond.” The workshop format was designed to stimulate discussion among experts, forum members, and the workshop audience. Each panel included representatives of different sectors and areas of expertise to explore the areas where disciplines and fields intersect and to break down silos of thinking and discussion. The workshop explicitly addressed the behavioral health needs of all children, including those with special health needs. It also looked at evidence-based prevention and interventions programs and services that support children as well as their parents and families.