Children may need special mental health personnel trained to work with them.
Children who are dependents in military and veterans families may have to use civilian facilities.
One of the most prevalent of the service systems for children and youth who have mental health issues is special education, found in all public schools.
How special education can help your child is explained in an online Special Education Guide.
Besides the responsibility of the school system to diagnose, educate and include children with mental health issues in the public school education system, schools are also responsible for locating medical and behavioral treatment to complement education.
There are many parent advocacy groups to assist and train parents in assuming helpful roles in educating their children. One such is the Pacer Center, which offers many online and referral services to parents seeking counsel and advice.
The National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH), a federal agency, offers understanding, advice and guidance in helping parents find non-school therapeutic help for children with mental health issues.
Locally, you may have to ask school personnel such as counselors and school psychologists or school social workers for recommendations on mental health professionals who specialize working with children. Most clinical and counseling centers may also know of child workers. They are often sparse in rural populations.