Child Mental Health

What behavioral health services are available for children & adolescents in Utah's public treatment system?

Early Intervention & Treatment

Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and resulting Mental, Emotional or Behavioral Disorders (MEB) are often not recognized until a person has dropped out of school, been hospitalized, entered the criminal justice system, or died from suicide.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and The Center for Disease Control (CDC) indicate clear windows of opportunity are available to prevent mental, emotional and behavioral disorders and related problems before they occur. Risk factors are well established, with first symptoms typically preceding a disorder by 2 to 4 years. Early intervention and treatment can effectively reduce the development of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.

To address this need and maximize this window of opportunity, mental health early intervention funding was allocated to support three evidenced-based services:

  • School-Based Behavioral Health

  • Family Resource Facilitation with High Fidelity Wraparound

  • Mobile Crisis Teams

Utah's School Behavioral Health Implementation Manual Is Down For Revision