Integrated Behavioral Health Supports
Dr. Elswick, Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis School of Social Work, recently supported local efforts to pilot an integrated behavioral health clinic within a local pediatrics office. Through funds made possible by a Project LAUNCH grant, and the support of LeBonheur Children's Hospital, The Early Success Coalition, and the direct support of a local pediatrician- Dr. Jason Yaun, The University of Memphis School of Social Work assisted with developing the first pediatric Integrated Behavioral Health model in the Mid-South region. As part of this collaboration, we wanted to provide the community and caregiver's resources that would assist in developing healthy serve and return interactions within the home environment. Dr. Elswick and the University of Memphis collaborated with LeBonheur Children's Hospital/ Pediatrics program to develop a number of Psycho-educational Tip Sheets for parents in the Mid-South. During the 2017-2018 year and launch of the pediatric integrated behavioral health clinic, eleven parent tip sheets were developed and distributed in the pediatrics clinic. The focus of this intervention is to assist caregivers with enhancing their knowledge and awareness about developmentally appropriate infant and child behaviors, while also providing supports that will assist in enhancing the parent-child bond. Future collaborations to continue this important work are underway. There are many provided here FREE to the community. Check back often for more materials and resources.