The Indiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, with support from the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration, has developed an exciting new mental health resource that will serve the children of our state.
To better meet the needs of our child and adolescent populations, the state of Indiana has launched several initiatives that aim to increase access to mental health services. From this initiative, INAAP's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program ("the CARE Program") was born.
What is the CARE Program?
The INAAP CARE Program is designed to connect Hoosier children and their families to the mental health services they need. The CARE Line (888-495-7271) helps to identify and address barriers that negatively impact a family’s ability to seek out, and effectively engage in mental health services.
While there are some resources currently available, the CARE Line differs by serving as Indiana's only mental health referral resource that is dedicated to children and families. CARE Program family navigators will match clients to the mental health providers that will best meet their needs, conduct follow-up interviews with participating families, and document their feedback. In short, INAAP's family navigators will guide and support families through every step of the CARE Program process.
Feedback collected from families participating in the CARE Program will be used to create a living database of the pediatric mental health services that are available throughout our state. The database will grow with every child served, and operate as a tool to guide both families, and medical professionals, in referring Indiana children to mental health services.
Destinee Ward - Program Manager
Courtney Crockett - Program Coordinator & Family Navigator