Developmental Behavioral and Mental Health SIG - NAPNAP

Developmental Behavioral and Mental Health SIG

NAPNAP Developmental Behavioral and Mental Health SIG

The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ Developmental Behavioral and Mental Health 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.


  • Develop and maintain collaborative online asset management resource of free, vetted, valuable DBMH resources for pediatric healthcare providers.
  • Identify needs, gaps, resources, volunteers, mentor and leadership opportunities, etc. to support parents and families in the care of their children’s health.
  • Revise NAPNAP Position Statements associated with DBMH issues.
  • Create Advocacy Chair role to encourage DBMH SIG members to advocate for DBMH populations.
  • Encourage DBMH SIG members to actively support the mission and goals of the DBMH SIG and the population served with excellence in DBMH-focused professional practice, educational, and/or research activities.
  • Collaborate with other SIGS and professional organizations supporting the mission and goals of NAPNAP and the DBMH SIG.
  • Provide education opportunities to our membership including sessions at national conference.
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