NC-PAL is available to help primary care providers (PCPs) with diagnosing and treating mental health concerns in children, teens, and people who have recently given birth or are pregnant.
Your primary care provider may call NC-PAL to:
- Discuss symptoms and possible diagnoses
- Learn about local and available resources for behavioral health
- Receive advice about possible medications
NC-PAL is available to your doctor regardless of what kind of insurance coverage you have.
The NC-PAL team includes Behavioral Health Consultants who can help primary care providers find resources and referrals, as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Perinatal Mental Health Specialists who can assist PCPs with more complex questions about diagnosis or medication.
How to talk to your or your child’s primary care provider about mental and behavioral health
Talking to a primary care provider can behavioral a great place to start conversations around mental health concerns or questions. Your child’s doctors and nurses are familiar with how children and adolescents develop, have knowledge about common mental health problems t hat your child may face, and can help find the right treatment plan for your family.
Similarly, your child’s primary care provider is also familiar with common mental health concerns of family members, as family mental health impacts the development of your child. If you are pregnant or have recently had a baby and have concerns about your own emotional well-being, you can talk to your child’s doctor or your OB/Gyn.
Mental Health Resources
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
A confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance use/addiction and/or mental health problems.
NC DHHS: Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services
A statewide resource for mental health facilities, programs, and more across North Carolina.
Community Care of North Carolina
CCNC is the largest and longest-running medical home system in the U.S., and is known nationwide for reducing healthcare costs while improving outcomes.
A nationwide resource for mental health facts, services, programs, and more across the United States.
Mental Health America
MHA is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all.