When to Refer
Health and developmental vulnerabilities, parenting difficulties, domestic violence, family discord, and other major child and family stressors may warrant the delivery of preventive intervention services delivered in a variety of settings including early intervention programs, home visiting programs, and behavioral health programs. In some cases, more intensive and focused mental health services are needed to support child and family needs. These services are typically provided through county behavioral/mental agencies or mental health providers working under insurance contracts or fee for service arrangements. Monitoring families where risks are known and linking them to a range of supportive services from preventive intervention to therapeutic infant/early childhood/family services is crucial for child and family health and well-being.