Children's Medical and Mental Health Resource Network


The Children’s Medical and Mental Health Resource Network uses a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to support our region’s most vulnerable children. We focus on professional development, community education and research-based interventions to help children who have experienced abuse or are at risk of abuse.  

Our network positively impacts the child protection system in Illinois, helping DCFS keep children who are not abused in their homes, provide in-home services when appropriate and remove children from dangerous environments when necessary, so that fewer children experience serious injury or death.

Our board-certified pediatricians are committed to serving central and southern Illinois and empowering other physicians, clinicians, educators and community stakeholders to advocate for children in need.


Latest articles

SIU School of Medicine, University of Illinois Springfield to launch simulation training site in Southern Illinois

In partnership with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Child Protection Training Academy in Southern Illinois will help child protection investigators and law enforcement personnel by providing effective, evidence-based training

Could it be abuse? 10 signs of trouble

by Jeanné Hansen, LCSW, SIU Department of Psychiatry It is almost 2:30. School gets out at 3:00. As if on cue, Will gets restless. He fidgets in his seat. He looks at the clock nervously. He taps his

Dr. Kathy Swafford to Receive Excellence Award

September 17 -- Dr. Kathy Swafford, director of SIU's Children's Medical and Mental Health Resources Network, has earned a "Rural Physician of Excellence" award from the Illinois Rural Health

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