PMCH Kids: Helping Children and Families with Attention Deficit and Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

  • 30 Sep 2016

Focusing on the needs of children and families who have attention deficit and hyperactive disorders and sharing “best practice” learning among pediatric practices are seen as critical elements to the success of practice transformation and improving population health.  With this in mind, six PCMH-Kids practices came together on 9/8/16 to discuss work their practice sites are doing to implement evidence based practice guidelines and behavioral health care strategies to improve care for children with attention deficit and hyperactive disorders. 

Why is this so important? According to Truven’s Rhode Island Behavioral Health Project Final Report, 13.7% of youth ages 4-17 years have ever had attention-deficit/hyperactivity.  Investing in effective prevention, early identification and treatment are seen as critical elements to help support children to reach their full potential and improve the health of tomorrow’s adults.

Assisting the practices in their quality improvement effort were Healthcentric Advisor practice facilitators Laurent Capizzo MBA, PCMH CCE Senior Manager of Health IT and Practice Improvement and Putney Pyles BSN, RN, PCMH CCE Senior Project Coordinator.  Their presentation “Quality Improvement Strategies to Increase Success”  offered suggestions for how to best identify problems and how to measure and track success. 

CTC-RI will be contracting with Elizabeth Cantor PhD and Deb Lobato PhD who will provide behavioral health subject matter expertise for the PCMH Kids practices that are participating in this important work.   This learning collaborative has been made possible through funding from Tufts Health Plan and CTC-RI.