We can help you serve your patients in need.

The Children’s Mental Health Resource Center (CMHRC) partners with over 100 Richmond-area pediatric primary care practices to increase support for serving  patients with mental health issues. We can help you serve your patients in need of mental health services in a number of ways:

  1. Providers (or any agency/individual serving children) can call us directly (804) 828-9897) about a patient or client
  2. Providers can ask families to contact us directly. Share our phone number or printable flyer
  3. Providers can submit a secure electronic referral request form with basic information about the child and/or guardian so we can contact the family directly. Click here to learn more
  4. Providers can email or call CMHRC to set up a secure fax referral agreement with the Center. When we receive your fax we will attempt to contact the family within 24-48 hours in reference to the needs you indicate. 


Below are some resources that may be relevant for mental health or other health professionals who work with children and their families. These websites can help you stay up-to-date on relevant topics in the field or gather additional information to provide to families and school personnel. We also suggest you take a look at the resources in our section for Families.

Ethical and Legal Resources

Evidence-Based Practice

Resource for Educators

Virginia Resources and Organizations

Continuing Education


Ethical and Legal Resources (Back to top)

Below are resources on a range of ethical and legal considerations for professionals including links to Virginia sites.

The Center for Ethical Practice
is a Virginia-based organization offering information and consultation on Virginia legal code relevant to mental health clinicians, as well as continuing education courses on ethical/legal issues.

Kenneth S. Pope, PhD, author of numerous texts and publications on ethical issues in psychology, has compiled information for a range of issues relevant to mental health professionals, including ethics, ethics and malpractice, and laws and boards.

Wrightslaw provides information on special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Evidence-Based Practice (Back to top)

Below are links to sites with information on a range of topics related to evidence-based care, including autism spectrum/pervasive developmental disorders, trauma, parenting skills and substance abuse.

General Resources

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has several websites particularly relevant to evidence-based practice:

The Virginia Commission on Youth (VA COY) provides a collection of evidence-based practices for children and adolescents with mental health treatment needs.

Children’s Mental Health Ontario is a Canada-based organization that offers evidence-based clinical tools and practice guides for a range of mental health topics. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapies

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) provides resources for professionals on cognitive behavioral therapies, research, and information for patients and families.

Together, ABCT and the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP) have created a website on Evidence-Based Mental Health Treatment for Children and Adolescents.

Trauma and Attachment

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) promotes awareness of and effective treatments for child traumatic stress. Their website has links to fact sheets on evidence-based treatment and trauma-informed service approaches, training opportunities, and information for professionals and families.

The American Psychological Association (APA) has an Update for Mental Health Professionals on Children and Trauma with information and recommendations for trauma-informed care.

The Mary D. Ainsworth Child-Parent Attachment Clinic provides information on evidence-based services, trainings and workshops within the state of Virginia to promote positive caregiving skills and attachment.

Resources for Educators (Back to top)

The sites below provide information on effective strategies and supports for youth in the school system with emotional and behavioral challenges.

The VCU Autism Center for Excellence has educational resources, information on evidence-based practice, and local training opportunities for autism and other pervasive developmental disorders.

The Massachusetts General Hospital School Psychiatry Program offers a website with lesson plans, recommendations for school accommodations, and screening tools for students with mental health needs.

Lives in the Balance provides information on the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach for youth with emotional, behavioral or social challenges based on the work of Ross Green PhD, author of The Explosive Child.

Virginia Resources and Organizations (Back to top)

The Virginia Commission on Youth (VA COY) is a standing legislative commission of the General Assembly established to explore and resolve complex issues related to youth and their families. 

Virginia Independent Clinical Assessment Program (VICAP)
Medicaid-funded mental health support services, therapeutic day treatment and intensive in-home services now require VICAP assessment through local Community Services Boards (CSB). For phone numbers for the VICAP coordinator at local agencies, click here. (Note: as of April 2012, youth discharged from an inpatient facility no longer require a VICAP assessment if services initiated within 30-days of discharge). 

Professional Boards (for informaton on licensure, relevant laws and regulations, and continuing education)

Virginia Board of Psychology

Virginia Board of Social Work

Virginia Board of Medicine

Professional Organizations

Psychiatric Society of Virginia

Virginia Psychological Association

Virginia Academy of School Psychologists

Virginia Society for Clinical Social Work

Continuing Education (Back to top)

Below are links to professional organizations, non-profit and for-profit providers that offer local or on-line training opportunities for continuing education credits.

The Center for Ethical Practice is a Virginia-based organization providing continuing education workshops and home study materials for mental health professionals.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Learning Center offers free web-based trainings for continuing education credits.

VCU School of Social Work offers a variety of continuing professional development opportunities.




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 Date Reviewed: July 6, 2012