Guidance on Mental Health Assessment for Young Children in clinical records

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Guidance on Mental Health Assessment for Young Children in clinical records

Maintaining accurate clinical records is an important component of high-quality mental health services, including mental health assessments. Apple Health guidance for mental health professionals is to utilize the DC:0-5™ when completing a mental health assessment for children younger than six.

New guidance from Department of Health (DOH)

Following a policy statement effective September 1, 2022 (CHS-07-20-22), the Department of Health is allowing providers working in licensed behavioral health agencies to use either the DSM-5 or the DC:0-5, when completing a diagnostic assessment statement, as required in WAC 246-341-0640(c)(iv).

Expression of Interest for IECMH clinical records work group

The Health Care Authority, in partnership with the Department of Health, is planning to convene an Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) clinical records work group in 2023. This group will develop a tool that translates current guidance on diagnostic assessment statements in WAC 246-341-0640(c) into developmentally appropriate equivalent criteria.

Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) providers with a deep knowledge of current WAC 246-341-0640(c) requirements, developmentally appropriate intake assessments, and best practices in IECMH services are encouraged to complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) for participation in the work group by November 1, 2022.


If you have any questions about this bulletin or would like assistance in completing the EOI, please contact Kiki Fabian or Christine Cole.

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