Pediatric Behavioral Health Navigation
The Tallahassee Pediatric Behavioral Health Center (Center) is a Behavioral Health Navigator program that was established through a partnership between the Tallahassee Pediatric Foundation (TPF) and Whole Child Leon. It serves to fill a need identified by TPF physicians seeking to improve patient access to behavioral health resources. We are a centralized entry point dedicated to assuring children and youth receive high-quality and culturally competent behavioral health services. The Center provides integration of quality behavioral health services for all children and families referred by area physicians. Our goal is to provide a thorough intake assessment and directly connect families with resources based on identified needs, removing the barriers that prohibit access to quality care.
Finding the right mental and behavioral health assistance for your family can be overwhelming and time consuming. Our Behavioral Health Navigators (BHN) are master’s level clinicians trained in the most current, evidence-based practices. They work within a vetted system of providers and community partners to assist in connecting children and families with the most appropriate resources. The BHN services are free of charge and available to children aged 0-21 years who have a primary care medical home in Leon County.
Our BHNs personalize navigation services for individuals and families who are dealing with the complexities of a fragmented behavioral healthcare system. The BHNs use a person-centered approach to assist clients in developing the best treatment plan to navigate the challenges families are facing. The Behavioral Health Navigators understand that an integrated approach to behavioral health is critical in the uptake of services used by our clients and use the following process when working with children and families referred to the Center:
- Meet with the referred child and their family for a comprehensive and structured interview to better determine their needs;
- make individualized referrals to our network of vetted providers;
- maintain contact with the direct service providers and the families to ensure the match was successful;
- follow-up contact with our families to verify a reported improvement in quality of life; and
- provide an updated report to the child’s pediatrician.
The BHN program takes pride in partnering with local academic institutions to provide an interdisciplinary learning environment for graduate students and to enhance the research in the field of BHN.
How to Contact a Behavioral Health Navigator
Ask your child’s physician for a referral to the Tallahassee Pediatric Behavioral Health Center, Behavioral Health Navigation program. To learn more, please call (850) 692-3134.
Behavioral Health Navigator, Program Director
Alexis received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University (FSU) in Criminology and Political Science in 2009, Masters in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University in 2011, and Masters in Social Work in 2017 also from FSU. Alexis is an advanced Ph.D. student in Counseling and School Psychology at FSU, focusing her research on Behavioral Health Navigation and Integrated Behavioral Healthcare. Alexis has spent the last 10 years working in the legislative arena for state governmental entities, specifically in mental health policy. Alexis puts a strong emphasis on the importance of facilitating a relationship between policy and practice, with the ultimate goal of providing families with the tools they need to succeed.
Behavioral Health Navigator
Holley obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Florida State University (FSU) in 2017. She is certified in equine-assisted psychotherapy through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. Currently, she is in the Master of Social Work program at FSU and plans to complete her licensure for her LCSW.
Emma received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Florida State University (FSU) in 2019. Prior to graduation, she participated in undergraduate research through FSU’s College of Medicine and volunteered at the Center as an intern. Emma plans to continue her education in a graduate program starting in Fall 2020, and hopes to contribute to research involving treatment of treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression.