Mighty Blog

A parent’s guide to accessing our integrated behavioral health professionals at primary care visits

Did you know? At Children’s Minnesota, we integrate behavioral health professionals into our primary care clinics so that children get the care they need when they need it most.

During a primary care visit, your child’s doctor will monitor their physical, mental and emotional health. That’s why it’s perfect timing to also have a behavioral health professional on-hand for parents or teens to chat with too!

What is integrated behavioral health (IBH)?

Behavioral health specialists (psychologists, social workers, counselors) work closely with primary care providers (pediatricians, nurse practitioners) to provide coordinated, convenient and cost-effective behavioral health services for children and adolescents at their Children’s Minnesota primary care clinics.

Access guide to our integrated behavioral health specialists

How do I meet with an IBH specialist?

Integrated behavioral health is an extremely important part of a child’s well-being and development. Families can get support from behavioral health specialists during well-child check-ups and other appointments as needs arise—just ask when you make your appointment!

In addition, behavioral health specialists see patients at primary care clinics or can connect with your family during a virtual care appointment. To make an appointment, call your primary care clinic or discuss it with your primary care provider at your next visit.

Why is it convenient?

Through integrated behavioral health, while at a primary care visit or well-child check, parents can ask questions about their children’s emotional and behavioral health without making a separate appointment with a specialist.

Children’s Minnesota makes it easy for you and your child to meet with our specialists during a primary care visit.

What kind of behaviors might need a behavioral specialist?

  • Adjustment disorders.
  • Attention difficulties or ADHD.
  • Mood concerns: anxiety or depression.
  • Behavior problems.
  • Coping with stress.
  • Disruptive behaviors/tantrums.
  • Parent-child conflict.
  • Parenting concerns/support.
  • School problems.
  • Sleep concerns.
  • Trauma.
Alexandra Rothstein