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Grand Rounds: Pediatric Behavioral Health Crisis: Akron Children’s Hospital’s Strategic Response


By Douglas Straight, Clinical Operations Director, Psychiatry and Psychology, and Andrea Knighton, DO, FAAP, ACHP Ashland Pediatrician , Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH

Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Describe the current mental health crisis and risk of suicide to our adolescent population. 2. Provide an overview of the Zero Suicide Collaborative at Akron Children's Hospital. 3. Summarize the mental health resources available within our institution.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists, and nurses.

Identified Gap:

Update on mental health resources available to address the ongoing mental health and suicide crises among adolescents.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour(s)

Expiration Date for CE/CME Credit:


Method of Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CE/CME credit.


The speakers, Douglas Straight, MA Ed, MBA, LPCC-S and Andrea Knighton, DO have both indicated that there are no relevant financial or other relationships with any commercial interests and that this activity was developed independent of commercial interest.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



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