Mental Health Committee


The Committee focuses on integrating appropriate mental health evaluation and services into pediatric care, develops and delivers training programs related to mental health, disseminates research information, addresses billing and reimbursement issues for the provision of mental health services, and evaluates available tools and resources.

Resources for Pediatricians

Webinar Recording: Identifying Mental Health Issues, Child Abuse, and ACEs During a Pandemic
On June 13, 2020, the TPS Committee on Mental Health presented a complimentary webinar on the possible impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of children and adolescents and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The webinar included a discussion on ACEs and how pediatricians in the “telemedicine visit” arena can effectively identify child abuse in families, and screen for and identify mental health disorders in the adolescent population. Slides here.
Related links from speakers:​
Society and Adolescent Health - COVID-19: Resources for Parents and Teens
Child Mind Institute - Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis - Teens & COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities During the Outbreak
Center for Parent & Teen Communication - Raising Youth of Color in a Complex World
Pediatrics - “The Talk,” Physician Version: Special Considerations for African American, Male Adolescents
Pediatrics - The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health

AAP Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

  • Founded in 1960, the SODBP works to optimize the relationship between primary care and subspecialists, provide education and disseminate strategies to support quality clinical practice, and advocate on behalf of children and providers.
  • Includes resources for pediatricians including the ADHD Toolkit and Autism Toolkit.

Mental Health Guide written and maintained by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

  • A guide to navigating mental health systems and services in Texas.

TPS COVID-19 Physician Wellness Guide, which includes several resources that address physician wellness. 

Participate in a project to improve access to child psychiatry consultation and mental health.
Attention East Texas Pediatricians in the following counties: Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Cass, Cherokee, Hardin, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Panola, Polk, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, and Tyler.

A planning initiative is about to launch to position East Texas pediatric primary care providers to access enhanced supports for children and youth they serve with mental health needs. The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute is inviting your participation to add the perspectives of providers caring for East Texas children and youth today. This letter (link) provides additional information about this planning opportunity, funded by the T.L.L. Temple Foundation

TPS Staff Contact

Angelica Ferrandino, MPAff;; 512-370-1503