Assessing the Needs of Infants, Toddlers, Children, Youth, Parents, and Caregivers
Resources to assist professionals in assessing the mental health needs of children, youth, and families.
- Assessing the needs of infants and toddlers
- Assessing the needs of children
- Assessing the needs of youth
- Assessing the needs of parents and caregivers
- State and local examples
Comprehensive Family Assessment Guidelines for Child Welfare
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (2005)
Examines the components of comprehensive family assessment, its relationship to service planning and provision, and how child welfare agencies can support its use.
Identifying Mental Health and Substance Use Problems of Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Child-Serving Organizations (PDF - 2,970 KB)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2011)
Addresses approaches, methods, and strategies used to identify mental health and substance use problems of high-risk youths in settings that serve a broad spectrum of children and adolescents or a high-risk population.
Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Children (PDF - 574 KB)
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PolicyLab
Evidence to Action, 2, 2010
Examines key issues in children's mental health and proposes policy actions to improve outcomes for children and their families.
Risk and Protective Factors for Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Across the Life Cycle (PDF - 193 KB)
National Research Council and Institute of Medicine (2009)
Lists risk and protective factors at the individual, family, and school and community levels for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, schizophrenia, and conduct disorders.
State Mental Health Systems for Children: A Review of the Literature and Available Data Sources
Urban Institute (2010)
Reviews recent literature on children's mental health services and examines a range of data sources for State-based analysis. The report also explores the possibility of producing a comprehensive evaluation of State mental health systems for children and discusses the potential limitations of such an analysis.