Maryland Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics


Committee on Emotional & Mental Health

  Chair:  Ken Tellerman, MD

  Committee Members: Linda Grossman, David Bromberg, Alice Heisler, Barbara Howard, Sharon Richter, Trevor Valentine, Annemiek Wilms-Floet, Steve Band


Focuses on integrating appropriate mental health evaluation and services into pediatric primary care, develops and delivers training programs related to mental health, addresses billing and reimbursement issues for the provision of mental health services, and evaluates available tools and resources.

Recent Activity:

We developed the BI-PED Project which is a series of teaching modules on the Maryland Chapter AAP website providing pediatric clinicians with specific brief interventions for mental health problems presenting in children and teenagers. We also received a grant from Parents’ Place to provide 2 behavioral pediatric conferences on behavioral pediatrics to pediatric practitioners in Western Maryland (May and June 2011) and we conducted a Mental Health Summit in April 2012 bringing together pediatric practitioners and mental health professionals from Frederick,Hagerstown, Garrett and Allegany counties to explore collaboration and expansion of mental health services for children and teenagers in their region.

Goals for the Year:

Promotion of the BI-PED project to let pediatric clinicians and pediatric training sites throughout the US know about the training and educational tools that we have developed. Drs Richter and Tellerman will be giving a pediatric grand rounds presentation on the BI-PED at Sinai Hospital in June, 2012. We are
exploring additional grand rounds presentations at other Baltimore pediatric departments. We are giving a workshop at the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics national meeting in September, 2012 on the use of the BI-PED for training pediatric residents. We are looking into holding conferences in Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore similar to the one given in Western Maryland. We have also placed materials in several AAP newsletters and are currently linked to the national AAP website and the Columbia University Teen Screen program. We will be expanding the modules over the next year and plan
to have video training tools on the site that include communication skills for pediatricians (Dr Wissow at Johns Hopkins) and also early identification of autism (Rebecca Landa at Kennedy Krieger).

We are examining the potential of developing maintenance of certification tools using the BI-PED that pediatricians can use as part of their certification process.

Relevant Links: BI-PED Project