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The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Meeting the Need for Child and Adolescent Services: a Statewide Survey
Journal of Psychosocial Nursing
  • Lara Kaye, University at Albany, State University of New York
  • Lynn Alice Warner, University at Albany, State University of New York
  • Cathleen A. Lewandowski, Cleveland State University
  • Rose Greene, University at Albany, State University of New York
  • Janet Acker, University at Albany, State University of New York
  • Nancy Chiarella, University at Albany, State University of New York
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2009
Abstract
The high prevalence of child and adolescent mental health disorders coupled with shortages in ageappropriate mental health services pose a significant problem likely to be exacerbated over time. A survey was designed to identify the current status of and need for child and adolescent psychiatrists (CAPs) and mental health services, as well as strategies and recommendations to address identified needs in the state of New York. Key informants from each county and New York City were surveyed by telephone (N = 58). Most respondents identified a shortage of child and adolescent psychiatry services and reported that when CAPs are unavailable, nurse practitioners (NPs) are currently among the top four professional groups who prescribe and/or monitor psychotropic medication. Almost half of the respondents (48%) identified employing NPs with advanced certification in child and adolescent psychiatry as a promising strategy to improve access to care. Addressing the shortage of CAPs can provide an opportunity for the nursing profession to advance its role in the provision of mental health services to youth.
Citation Information
Lara Kaye, Lynn Alice Warner, Cathleen A. Lewandowski, Rose Greene, et al.. "The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Meeting the Need for Child and Adolescent Services: a Statewide Survey" Journal of Psychosocial Nursing Vol. 47 Iss. 3 (2009) p. 34 - 40
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/cathleen_lewandowski/1/