Continuity and Transition is one of the 8 principles of patient centered care. Victims often worry about their ability to cope after their traumatic experiences. Yale Child Abuse Clinic Forensic Interviewer Leah Smith works closely with these children and their families to make sure that they feel safe and well cared for throughout the entire process. One of Leah’s jobs is to make follow up phone calls with the children and their families to make sure that they are connected and comfortable with mental health services even after they leave the clinic.
“The ultimate goal is to make the child feels heard, feels safe and ensure that child has been connected to appropriate medical and mental health services.” -Leah Smith, LCSW