Mental Health Committee

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The MDAAP Mental Health Committee’s mission promotes children’s social-emotional health, mental health screenings, assessment, treatment and referral of children with pediatric mental health disorders. 

Educational Mission

  • Use evidence-based practices to implement educational programs aimed at increasing mental health screening at well visits
  • Support pediatricians with resources on assessment and treatment for common mental health disorders
  • Provide family resources for common mental health disorders


All Maryland children will have timely access to evidence-based mental health assessment and treatment.

Advocacy Mission 

  • Advocate for timely access to mental health assessment and treatment
  • Partner with local and state programs that serve the mental health needs of youth

Committee Co-Chairs

Kristi Machemer, MD, FAAP
Theresa Nguyen, MD, FAAP

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Practice Resources

Black Mental Health Resources

  • Black Mental Health Alliance This website provides information and resources. There is also the option to “Find a Therapist”.
  • Therapy for Black Kids
  • Therapy for Black Girls This is an online space which encourages the mental wellness of Black women and girls. There is a therapist directory where individuals can look for a therapist. They also have a podcast which discusses different mental health topics. 
  • Therapy for Black Men Similar to Therapy for Black Girls, Therapy for Black Men is an online space which encourages mental wellness for Black men with a therapist directory within their website.