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Project CLIMB: Integrated behavioral health services in pediatric primary care

Project Description

Project CLIMB integrates behavioral health services into a pediatric primary care residency training clinic. Children from low income populations and their families typically have more limited access to appropriate mental health services in part because poor reimbursement by federal and state insurance plans reduce the likelihood that clinicians will accept these plans. At the same time, these children have higher mental health and psychosocial concerns than privately insured children. Pediatric primary care settings provide continuous and comprehensive services that are accessible to the majority of children and their families, and as such, are ideally suited to promote optimal development through the provision of expanded services that address parental concerns, key developmental tasks, psychosocial factors, and mental health issues. Pediatric providers need clinical skills to identify and address children’s and parents’ developmental and psychosocial issues.   Ongoing research activities involve quality assurance/improvement projects for developmental and perinatal mental health screening efforts; medical record abstraction and chart review of CLIMB population and matched controls; and national, multi-site data collection efforts through CORNET (Continuity Residency training Network).

Area of Study

Child-Maternal Health and Reproductive Sciences; Developmental Neuroscience, Brain and Behavior - child; Health Care and Public Health Research


Adolescents; Infants; School Age Children


Behavioral; Chart Review; Surveys, Questionnaires, and Psychological Testing; Talking and Behavior Therapies

Disease or Symptom

Aggression-Violence; Childhood Abuse; Mental Illness and Developmental Disabilities; Obesity; Smoking; Stress



Mentor Location

13123 E. 16th Avenue, B130 Aurora, CO 80045

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Mentor Name

Talmi, Ayelet

Funding Department/Program

Psychiatry and Developmental Neuroscience



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Created at 8/5/2018 3:19 PM by Hom, Patrick H
Last modified at 8/5/2018 3:19 PM by Hom, Patrick H