The Child Development Studies team within the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated with the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) to create this playbook as a resource for state, territorial, local, and tribal (STLT) health departments to assess and improve child and adolescent mental health (CAMH). To this end, the playbook highlights the rationale for public health engagement in CAMH, suggests ways that health departments can form partnerships to assess and improve CAMH, and proposes three indicators – data that schools generally have available or can make available, such as attendance, disciplinary actions, and school readiness – that can be used to begin assessing CAMH at the population-level. The playbook also includes information and resources related to legal considerations, terminologies, and data standards related to the collection and use of CAMH data.
This playbook is organized around “Three Truths” related to gathering and using data to assess and improve CAMH:
Disclosure Statement: This project was supported by cooperative agreement number U38OT000316, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC or Department of Health and Human Services.