Having a child with mental health and/or emotional/behavioral challenges is not something we choose as a parent and there is not a rule book on how to provide care and/or how to get support. Parents always want the best possible care for their children, but always learning what those resources and/or supports are is challenging.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM Guide)

How to use the DSM Guide:

  • Section 1: Includes instructions on how to use the book
  • Section 2: Covers diagnostic categories
  • Section 3: includes conditions that need additional research, a glossary of terms, and other important information

The DSM Guide

How to tell if your child has been diagnosed or needs diagnosed:

Parents Guide to Getting Good Care

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

ADAA is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depressive, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma-related disorders through education, practice, and research.


Illinois Choices

Illinois Choices coordinates care for youth involved in the child welfare system and the health care system who are experiencing a significant behavioral health challenge within Champaign, Ford, Vermillion and Iroquois counties. Utilizing a team-based approach, youth and families receive the supports they need to be successful in their homes, schools, and communities. Youth served by Illinois Choices show improvement in school attendance, decreased utilization of psychiatric emergency room visits, and family satisfaction with the care they receive.

Illinois Choices


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