Pediatric Mental Health Crisis: Improving Care Coordination

August 2, 2023 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET


An estimated 20% of children and young people struggle with a mental, emotional, developmental, or behavioral disorder in the United States. Per the Health Resources and Services Administration, the number of children with a diagnosis of depression increased by 27% between 2016 and 2020. Children’s mental health is currently crisis, but many ask: What can providers do?

The pediatric mental health crisis is affected by a wide range of factors within multiple systems. Featuring a diverse panel of speakers, including patient advocates, safety leaders, child health, and mental health experts, this event will provide participants an opportunity to discuss how a total systems approach to safety can be implemented to improve the care of young people struggling with mental health issues. This approach focuses on how to leverage the foundational areas of culture, leadership and governance, patient and family engagement, workforce safety, and a learning system for improvement.

Learning Objectives

During this webinar, our experts will:

  • Discuss the challenges of pediatric mental health care coordination
  • Define how integrated care solutions can support treatment of pediatric mental health patients
  • Understand how to engage patients and families in the co-design of care
  • Describe tools that leaders can use to drive pediatric mental health safety goals


Stephanie K. Doupnik, MD, MS

Principal Investigator, PolicyLab and Clinical Futures at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania
Medical Director, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Inpatient Medical Behavioral Unit
Dr. Doupnik’s research focuses on improving access to mental health services and health outcomes for children and adolescents. She holds a K23 award from the National Institute of Mental Health for work designed to integrate suicide prevention into acute hospital care. She has also conducted research to understand the influence of mental health conditions on health outcomes, including health services utilization, and to develop and test strategies for integrating mental health services into pediatric care. Dr. Doupnik is also a practicing pediatric hospitalist and served as founding co-medical director of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Inpatient Medical Behavioral Unit.

Benjamin Hillyard MA, LCMHC

Co-founder and co-owner, Aloft Integrated Wellness, LLC
Ben Hillyard is a psychotherapist who has worked with children, adolescents, and families for nearly 30 years. In response to a lack of communication among professionals working with children, he started the Center for Collaborative Change. He regularly attends school meetings and consults with pediatricians to best serve his clients. In 2019, he co-founded Aloft Integrated Wellness. Mr. Hillyard is an established consultant, trainer, and psychotherapist specializing in collaborative care and change. When not in the office, he is an avid sailor, exploring the New England shore. Mr. Hillyard maintains a private clinical practice in Exeter, New Hampshire.

Diana Worsley, MPH

Clinical Research Project Manager, PolicyLab and the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Diana Worsley is a Qualitative Methods Program Manager at PolicyLab and the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Ms. Worsley works with Dr. Stephanie Doupnik and Cadence Bowden on research projects that focus on supporting hospitalized youth and their families and reducing youth suicide. Ms. Worsley has experience in data management, qualitative research methods, and program evaluation. Before joining PolicyLab, Ms. Worsley worked in the Clinical Research Support Office coordinating industry clinical trials. She received her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland in Community Health and received her Master of Public Health from Drexel University, concentrating in Community Health and Prevention.

Nicole Mavrides, MD

Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry , PM Pediatric Care– Behavioral Health
Dr. Nicole Mavrides is the Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for PM Pediatric Care Behavioral Health. Dr. Mavrides is quadruple board certified in pediatrics, adult/child psychiatry, and consultation liaison psychiatry. Before joining the team at PM Behavioral Health, Dr. Mavrides was the training director for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the medical director of the Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Program at the University of Miami. She is one of the premier specialists for children with medical and psychiatric issues in South Florida. Dr. Mavrides completed her undergraduate education at the University of Florida and her medical school training at St. George’s University School of Medicine, her triple board residency and fellowships at the Ichan School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.