Partnerships and Collaborations

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This page will help teams identify and expand support from stakeholders. It will also help build partnerships within the community. This is to provide sustainable mental health services for children and their families.


Partnerships and Collaborations These relationships foster growth. They can contribute to building long-term sustainability for your program. Partnerships occur at many levels: local, state, regional, and national. As you build your partnership network, you should consider these different levels. Partnership activities and benefits include but are not limited to::

  • Increasing provider engagement in the community
  • Exchanging data
  • Idea sharing on improvement efforts among group
  • Education creation and dissemination
  • Legislative and policy support

Developing and Strengthening Partnerships and Collaborations in Your ED Work

Engaging with stakeholders in your community will enhance your emergency department work. It will also promote long-term sustainability. By partnering with them, you will be able to generate new ideas and insights. This will better meet the needs of EDs. It will ultimately serve the patients of those communities.

Types of Partnerships

Your team has many entities and organizations to consider for collaborating on your ED work. Below are a few your team may look into::

  • EMSC State Partners (early stages)State legislators
  • Hospital administrators
  • Hospital physicians, providers, and staff
  • Local chapters for national organizations (AAP, AACAP, ACEP)
  • Local and regional mental and behavioral health resources in their states
  • Primary care offices
  • Psychiatrists
  • Parents
  • Public health departments
  • School administrators
  • Social Workers
  • Workforce development departments
  • Universities
  • Youth

Your choice of partnerships will depend on your desired level of engagement. It will also depend on your ultimate goals for ED work. The Community Tool Box lists the different levels of partnership. Here's what it involves:


Internal Assessment for Teams

Identifying potential partnerships and collaborations requires research. This involves healthcare professionals, ED staff, and relevant stakeholders. Establishing partnerships can enhance the success of your ED expansion.

Here are some important questions to consider. They will help you determine your team's partnerships and collaborations:

For helpful resources, visit the PMHCA Resource Library!