Best practices for mental health in child welfare: Screening, assessment, and treatment guidelines

Lisa Hunter Romanelli, John Landsverk, Jessica Mass Levitt, Laurel K. Leslie, Maia M. Hurley, Christopher Bellonci, Leonard T. Gries, Peter J. Pecora, Peter S. Jensen, Kamala Allen, Gary Blau, Patsy Buida, Barbara J. Burns, Julie Collins, M. Lynn Crismon, Leonard Gries, Addie Hankins, Robert Hartman, Kimberly E. Hoagwood, Larke HuangSandra J. Kaplan, Susan Kemp, Susan Ko, Gretchen D. Kolsky, Abel Ortiz, Ron Prinz, Martha Roherty, Miriam Saintil, Corvette Smith, Wilfredo Soto, Ken Thompson, Casey Trupin, Eric Trupin, Mary Bruce Webb

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The Best Practices for Mental Health in Child Welfare Consensus Conference focused on developing guidelines in five key areas (screening and assessment, psychosocial interventions, psychopharmacologic treatment, parent engagement, and youth empowerment) related to children's mental health. This paper provides an overview of issues related to the first three areas, presents the guidelines developed in these areas, and discusses the implications these guidelines have for the field of child welfare.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-188
Number of pages26
JournalChild Welfare
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 26 2009


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Romanelli, L. H., Landsverk, J., Levitt, J. M., Leslie, L. K., Hurley, M. M., Bellonci, C., Gries, L. T., Pecora, P. J., Jensen, P. S., Allen, K., Blau, G., Buida, P., Burns, B. J., Collins, J., Lynn Crismon, M., Gries, L., Hankins, A., Hartman, R., Hoagwood, K. E., ... Webb, M. B. (2009). Best practices for mental health in child welfare: Screening, assessment, and treatment guidelines. Child Welfare, 88(1), 163-188.