The PMHS Role
The PMHS exam addresses the need to strengthen care to children and families experiencing developmental, behavioral, and mental health care (DBMH) concerns.
After a thorough role delineation study, PNCB developed the Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist (PMHS) exam to recognize and validate the knowledge, skills and abilities of the eligible PNP, FNP, and CNS who:
- Is experienced in early identification and intervention for DBMH concerns typically seen in primary care.
- Assesses, diagnoses, and manages DBMH concerns. When needed, these providers also help patients and their families manage these concerns until specialized care is available.
- Plays a role in collaboration and coordination of care with other professionals in medical and educational settings.
Holding the PMHS credential communicates to families and patients that an expert is ready to help and:
- Opens access to care in the medical home.
- Increases patient and family confidence.
- Shows commitment to added expertise.
- May add value for your practice.
The Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist (PMHS) builds upon the NP or CNS role to provide advanced assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of common DBMH problems in children and adolescents.
Therapeutic services include early recognition, intervention, and active monitoring as well as appropriate referral for complex individual and family mental health disorders. Health care services are evidence-based and include the use of DBMH screening tools, brief psychotherapeutic interventions, and psychopharmacology. The PMHS coordinates care and collaborates with others to enhance quality DBMH services for children and families.
Watch this video to learn more about those who have obtained the unique PMHS credential and the value it has added to their practice in I am a PMHS Success Stories.
PMHS Practice Settings
PMHS practice settings may include pediatric primary care, family practice, school-based clinics, and developmental or other specialty services.