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FAQ- Families
1. Why is there a need for behavioral health assessments?
A behavioral health assessment provides a complete picture of a child’s overall emotional and behavioral health. It is used to provide information to you and your physician about behavioral areas that might be of concern but that you might not identify as something to talk to your doctor about. Doctors usually do not have enough time to ask these types of questions. By completing a behavioral health assessment, you are helping your doctor identify problems early before they become serious and can allow them to suggest some recommendations.

2. Why should the doctor know all of this information?
By having as much information as possible about your child, your doctor will be able to make a more accurate diagnosis of your child’s issues and be able to offer earlier and better intervention(s). It is not uncommon for emotional issues to present themselves as physical issues. A doctor therefore may not find an underlying physical cause for your child’s difficulties and may not be able to offer the most effective treatment. A behavioral health assessment will help your doctor more quickly assess your child’s difficulty and provide you with a broader range of recommendations.

3. I am a guardian and do not know all of the child's information. What should I do?
The more information you are able to provide, the more complete the assessment will be. However, even some information is better than no information. Please try to complete the assessment with as much detail as you can and make sure the child’s doctor is aware of the areas of your concerns.

4. What if I don’t follow the recommendations the doctor gives me?
The recommendations are offered to help you help your child. Following the recommendations will assist you with the concerns you may have. If you are having difficulty following the recommendations, ask your doctor to refer you to a professional who might be able to help you. If you need any additional information or have difficulty with following the suggested recommendations, call our help line or e-mail us at info@B-Vitals.com

5. What happens to this information if we go to a new doctor?
The information in B-Vitals™ may be shared with another doctor. Your doctor can forward this information as part of your child’s medical record to the new doctor. You can also share the information you received so that your new physician will know what recommendations your previous physician made.

6. Who has access to my child's information?
All medical information is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) of 1996. This legislation protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information and insures for confidentiality of your child’s health data. The only people that can access this information are individuals or entities with whom you have signed a release of information.

7. How do I get more recommendations?
Additional information and recommendations can be accessed from the "For Families" section at www.B-Vitals.com.

8. Can I complete B-Vitals™ without my doctor knowing?
Right now B-Vitals™ is completed through your doctor's practice. In the future, we hope to make this information available to parents directly through a special access code on the B-Vitals™.com website.

9. Will B-Vitals™ label my child?
B-Vitals™ does not provide any diagnosis or label your child. B-Vitals™ provides descriptive information for you and your doctor to help identify areas of potential concern to allow for early intervention. It is the belief of the developers of B-Vitals™, that early-identification leads to earlier intervention and the solving of issues before they become more difficult and challenging.

10. What does B-Vitals Follow-Up™ do?
B-Vitals Follow-Up™ allows the parent and doctor to track and monitor progress that has occurred since the previous assessment was completed. B-Vitals Follow-Up™ can be done as frequently as you and your physician feels it is necessary. B-Vitals™ should be done at least annually to monitor the child’s ongoing development.