Pilot Program Aims To Train Pediatricians, Schools To Evaluate Troubled Children For Mental Illness

On the CBS Evening News (10/1, story 6, 1:15, Pelley) in response to yesterday’s shootings at Umpqua College in Roseburg, OR, CBS News chief medical correspondent Jonathan LaPook, MD was shown saying that “when it comes to mental illness, early intervention works.” However, “the big problem in the US and elsewhere is access to care.” A new pilot program started this past May at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC is “training the pediatricians” and “schools to evaluate” troubled “kids via tele-medicine.” As it happens, “only 10 percent of the time do those kids then need to be seen face to face by the psychiatrist.” To date, “there are a total of 17 such programs in the” US, all of which operate under the premise that “early intervention, increased access to care, and maybe treating [kids] earlier will make a big difference.”

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— “Mass shootings and the mental health connection,” Jonathan Lapook, CBS News, October 1, 2015.

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