For Parents

Research shows that most mental health disorders follow a developmental course that typically starts early in life. One in five children ages 13-18 have, or will have, a serious mental illness1.

Behavioral Health Services

As a parent, family member or caregiver to a child receiving behavioral health services, you may feel overwhelmed or confused about treatment options. We can help you find the right provider or if your child needs more intensive support, our specialty-trained and licensed behavioral health care coordinators can:

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  • Create an action plan for your child and family
  • Navigate the complex behavioral health system
  • Explain treatment, prescriptions and potential challenges your child may face during treatment
  • Find local support groups and other resources for you and your child
  • Offer support and help for parents and caregivers for possible challenges including stress, depression or anxiety

Learn more about addiction or behavioral health conditions that affect children/teens and resources to help.

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If you or someone you know is in crisis, dial 988 or contact the CareFirst support line at 800-245-7013.

1Statistics provided by the National Institute of Mental Health.