Developmental Behavioral and Mental Health SIG


This special interest group was established to provide a networking opportunity for PNPs working in developmental-behavioral pediatrics, child and adolescent psychiatry, and those in primary care who have a strong interest in the developmental, behavioral and mental health needs of young children, school-age children, adolescents and their families. The focus is on prevention, early recognition, treatment and referral of these needs. The SIG provides a forum to discuss and share appropriate screening tools, achieve consensus regarding anticipatory guidance based on developmental theory and evidence-based research, discuss the significance of child development, family and environmental influences on the child, and share related continuing education and research opportunities.


  • DBMH Resource - An online educational asset management site containing more than 35 developmental, behavioral and mental health topics useful for all pediatric providers. Every page is organized by evidence-based assessments, screenings, position papers, practice parameters, peer reviewed articles, vetted resources and relevant organizations, and all are tagged by age group. There are also separate resource pages on primary care behavioral health integration, prevention and general community resources.
  • Tween Brochure - Created in collaboration with the California: Los Angeles Chapter, this brochure breaks down the physical, mental and emotional development of a tweenager and what parents can do. Also available in Spanish, Mandarin and Vietnamese,

Award Opportunities

DBMH SIG Advocacy Award
Outstanding Contribution to SIG Award

Please click here for award details.

Position Statement

NAPNAP Position Statement on the Integration of Mental Health Care in Pediatric Primary Care Settings


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