To assess and improve child and adolescent mental health (CAMH), the Child Development Studies team within the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated with PHII to leverage informatics approaches to increase state, tribal, local and territorial system health department capacity. Multiple resources have been created as part of this work:
Summary of Laws Related to Child and Adolescent Mental Health
The summary was developed by reviewing six key federal laws relevant to CAMH. It provides information about the intent of these laws, as well as how they can be superseded by state laws that provide a higher level of privacy protection. It also includes references on how states allow minors to consent for treatment and data sharing.
Using Data to Improve CAMH: The Opening Playbook
The first stepping stone for public health departments and other agencies to begin assessing CAMH at the population level using school-based, already available data. The playbook highlights the rationale for public health engagement in CAMH, suggests ways that health departments can form partnerships to assess and improve CAMH, proposes three indicators (school attendance, school disciplinary actions and school readiness) that can be used to begin assessing CAMH at the population level. The playbook also includes a fillable guide to orient the discussion around obtaining this type of data when speaking with a public health attorney.
Legal Considerations on Federal and State Privacy Laws
Legal questions regarding data use will depend on specific facts and applicable laws, but there are general considerations for anyone seeking to access, use and share data. This resource provides general information on the legal landscape for data collection and access.