Lecture I: Systems of Care: How Do We Strengthen Systems Amidst COVID-19?

The emergence of COVID-19 has highlighted great needs for improvement in the provision of the board spectrum services and supports for children and youth in need of psychiatric treatment, care, or supervision. Promoting and implementing the Systems of Care model to coordinate meaningful care and partnerships with families and youth should be considered as a means to address and treat mental illnesses while combating COVID-19.  This lecture explores the values of a coordinated Systems of Care Model to more effectively meet the mental health needs of children during this pandemic and beyond.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will consider the intersection between systems impacting children and adolescents with complex mental health needs, and the impact of the pandemic.

  2. Participants will review the Systems of Care model and consider this model in relation to COVID-19.

  3. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on families and youth in rural areas, as well as in residential treatment settings.

  4. Participants will gain a greater understanding of how to engage a systems of care approach in addressing COVID-19 exacerbated disparities.


Justine Larson, MD, MPH, MHS
Medical Director of Schools and Residential Treatment at Sheppard Pratt
Co Chair, AACAP’s Community Based System of Care Committee

Lisa Fortuna, MD, MPH
Chief of Psychiatry and Vice-Chair at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital/UCSF

Kaye McGinty, MD
Prisma Health

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