In 2004, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Board of Directors appointed the Task Force on Mental Health and charged it to assist pediatricians and other primary care clinicians* in enhancing the mental health care they provide. The task force determined that 3 goals were important to accomplishing its purpose:

The task force recommended addressing the goals sequentially; that is, before implementing the clinical process proposed in this report, clinicians need to (1) accomplish system changes such as payment for mental health services provided by primary care clinicians1,2  and development of clinical relationships with mental health specialists, (2) achieve mental health competencies, and (3) enhance their office systems by applying chronic care methods to the care of children with mental health problems. Strategies the task force used to address these goals are summarized in the introduction to this supplement.

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