Impact of COVID-19 on Referral Patterns and Service Delivery for an Integrated Behavioral Health Program
This work is supported in part by the National Institute of Mental Health [grant # 1K08MH127519-01A1].
Families in Society-The Journal of Contemporary Social Services
The emergence and rapid spread of COVID-19 led to unprecedented changes for families and systems of care. This study sought to understand the needs of families participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) before and during the pandemic and considers the impact remote service delivery has on access to an integrated behavioral health intervention to support the psychosocial needs of children and caregivers. Needs for referral varied significantly pre- and post-pandemic onset. Analyses revealed that significantly more referrals were made regarding social determinants of health after the onset of COVID-19 (13.8%) compared with prior to the COVID-19 pandemic (4.1%, p < .05). Providers’ transition to telehealth services sufficiently served WIC families.
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Glaze, K., Sward, A., Lenne, E., Brown, S., Rogers, L., Frankel, K. A., & Klawetter, S. (2022). Impact of COVID-19 on Referral Patterns and Service Delivery for an Integrated Behavioral Health Program. Families in Society, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/10443894221133500