Here is a great tip sheet offered from the Child Mind Institute as part of their Speak Up for Kids campaign during Children's Mental Health Awareness month. This May, the Child Mind Institute is hosting a national dialogue to protect and promote children's mental health. The CMHNetwork is a proud to be partnering with the Institute for this great month of important information you can use.

Specific tips and suggestions which parents may find useful in such advocacy efforts. Children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems deserve access to the best possible mental health care. Unfortunately, such services are often difficult to obtain. Parents can help by being informed, involved and persistent advocates on behalf of their children.

Contributing Partner
David Fassler, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist practicing in Burlington, Vermont. A graduate of Yale University School of Medicine, he completed his training in adult psychiatry at the University of Vermont, and in child psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He currently serves as clinical director of Otter Creek Associates, a multidisciplinary practice providing comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment services. Dr. Fassler is also a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont, and the Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families.

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