The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Child Mental Health Crisis: What We Can Do Now
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Expires on Sep 21, 2025
Credit Offered
1.5 CME Credits
1.5 COP Credits

Available: 09/21/2022 - 09/21/2025

Stay up to date on important topics and trends impacting psychiatry by participating in APA's new Emerging Topics Webinar Series --- free for all members! Presented by specialists across the field, these monthly webinars will explore a range of diverse, pertinent topics and offer a chance to interact with peers and subject matter experts. 


There is a crisis in children’s mental health that predates the pandemic, including increases in inpatient visits for suicidality, self-injury, depression, and anxiety. Among children living below 100% of the federal poverty level, more than 1 in 5 (22%) has a mental health need but only 20% of children who need care access mental health services. Latinx, immigrant, and Black children are less likely to receive care. Disparities in child mental health are exacerbated during the covid-19 pandemic for communities of color and children living in poverty. This presentation will consider some of the root causes and potential responses to the current national emergency in child and adolescent mental health and how we can consider these in creating solutions. Recommendations for clinical and system of care approaches, youth and family-driven responses, and innovation in practice will be discussed.


Recorded webinar.

This presentation was recorded on September 21st, 2022.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss root causes of the increasing child mental health crisis and exacerbation by the Covid pandemic
  • Specify at least three strategies for addressing mental health needs faced by communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic
  • Describe evidence-based options for optimizing use of telepsychiatry, technology and other clinical innovations
  • Discuss a framework for integrating community priorities and advocacy for addressing child mental health needs

Target Audience

Psychiatrists, residents/fellows

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.5 hours
Begin Date: September 21st, 2022
Credit Claim Date: September 21st, 2025

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned. 

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Faculty Disclosures

  • Lisa Fortuna, MD, MPH, M.Div., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Planning Committee

  • Benjamin Buchholz, MPH, Instructional Designer, APA, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Violet Moloney, Instructional Designer, APA, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Vishal Madaan, MD, Chief of Education, APA, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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