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Strengthen the Evidence for Maternal and Child Health Programs

Children and Adolescents with Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Challenges

Professional Resource Guide


This professional resource guide directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at improving access to and quality of care for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. Resources tap into the health, education, social services, and juvenile justice literature. This professional resource guide can be used by health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, educators, and community advocates to learn more about mental health, for program development, and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions. Separate briefs present resources for families and schools. This professional resource guide has been compiled by the MCH Digital Library at Georgetown University and will be updated periodically.


See the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) policy brief, Children's Mental Health: What Every Policymaker Should Know (2010). This policy brief presents statistics about the extent of child and adolescent mental health challenges in the United States; the difficulties these children confront in school and in child welfare and juvenile justice systems; the barriers that can prevent access to services; and weaknesses in the service-delivery system. The brief recommends policy strategies to enhance mental health for children, adolescents, and families.

Resources for Professionals


Reports, Briefs, and Other Resources

Data and Statistics

Journal Articles and Other Literature and Research

Programs Databases

News and Commentary

Resources for Families

Resources for Schools

Resources on Specific Conditions

Special Topics

Early Childhood

Inappropriate Use of Seclusion and Restraints

Juvenile Justice

Military Families

Parental Depression and Other Mental Health Concerns

Related MCH Digital Library Resources

Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Challenges in Children and Adolescents: Professional Resource Guide, 3rd ed. (July 2011). (Updated: August 2014).

Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Digital Library.
Reviewers: Lauren Agoratus, M.A., Family Voices and Family-to-Family Health Information Resource Center at the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of N.J.; Olivia Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Digital Library; Judi Siegel, L.I.C.S.W., Children's Hospital Boston; Sandy Swan, M.L.S., M.P.H., C.H.I.S., Phil Johnson Historic Archives and Research Library.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Digital Library.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.