Our practice Healthy Kidz Pediatrics in Mesa, Arizona, offers all AHCCCS (All Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System), eligible children, the benefit of our behavioral health services. We strive to connect the deprived children with their foster families who have opened their hearts and homes to them with high-quality medical care.
We work with the Comprehensive Medical and Dental Program (CMDP), Department of Child Safety (DCS), and community provider agencies to deliver behavioral health services. In addition, we provide physical, dental, and vision coverage to children in DCS care.
How Do We Work?
Initial Meeting & Assessment
Our team will gather information from you, the child’s DCS providers, and other available family members during the first appointment. It will help if you bring any information about the child’s family, behavioral, educational, and medical history, and a list of current medications. This will help our team meet the child’s individual needs quickly, coordinate care, and develop an Individual Service Plan (ISP).
After the preliminary meeting, we may help identify specialist providers to best meet the needs of the child, family, and caregiver. We provide several services to children in foster care, depending on their individual clinical needs. They include:
- DCS stabilization teams
- High-needs case management
- Direct support services, including rehabilitation services
- Psychiatric services
- Individual and family therapy
- Specialty treatment
- Respite care
Being displaced from their home and kept in foster care can be a traumatic and challenging experience for a child. Many children are in foster care because they have experienced some form of neglect or abuse. Recent studies have shown that children in foster homes often have behavioral, emotional, or developmental issues. Besides, physical health problems are also pretty common.
These behavioral problems can happen suddenly or occur over time. If the child in your care displays any of these behaviors, they may need professional behavioral health therapy. It is vital to report any of these behaviors to your behavioral health provider and Department of Child Safety (DCS) specialist.
Although often rewarding, caring for children who have experienced such disruption in their lives can be challenging at times. Community‑based services, including respite care, counseling, case management, and family support, are available to caregivers. Behavioral health providers are often aware of services and support in the community for the caregiver and child. Caregivers should also take care of themselves. They can do this by personal scheduling time, talking to trusted friends, exercising, and getting involved in relaxing or fun activities.
If you have any inquiries about our practice, services, or policies, visit Healthy Kidz Pediatrics clinic at 215 S Power Rd #106, Mesa, AZ 85206. You can also reach us at (480) 214-0051.