New pediatric mental health service now available to primary care providers statewide

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New pediatric mental health service now available to primary care providers statewide

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 3:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Mental Health (DMH) is pleased to announce the launch of the Vermont Child Psychiatry Access Program (VT-CPAP) in response to the rise in need for youth mental healthcare following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The primary care community has repeatedly expressed a desire for greater and more timely access to child psychiatrists,” said Dr. Wendy Davis, Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP), Professor of Pediatrics, Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and national board member, American Academy of Pediatrics. “VT-CPAP responds to this need by providing rapid access in a matter of minutes, instead of months.”

VT-CPAP is a telephone consultation service that supports primary care providers (PCPs) to address and treat pediatric mental health concerns within their practice. Consultations will assist with diagnosis, medication management, psychotherapy recommendations, and community-based referrals. Registering for the program is free for any PCP in the state serving individuals 21 and under.

Hosted by the Community Health Centers (CHC), VT-CPAP will expand mental health integration into pediatric primary care through consultation, training, and technical assistance.

“CHC has a strong working relationship with the Department of Mental Health and this partnership is in line with our vision to be a model of excellence in providing innovative health care services while working toward fully-integrated health care,” said CEO Jeffrey McKee, PsyD.

“This type of initiative is a significant step in the right direction towards the more integrated, holistic care we are aiming to achieve through the work of the Mental Health Integration Council,” said Deputy Commissioner Alison Krompf. “DMH is grateful for the collaborative partnerships that are responsible for standing up this program.”

VT-CPAP is jointly funded by a private donor through the Vermont Community Foundation and a five-year federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The program is part of the Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program and is a collaborative effort between CHC, VCHIP, and DMH.

Primary care practices wishing to learn more about VT-CPAP or wanting to register can visit www.chcb.org/vtcpap

This program is supported by the VT DMH Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as part of an award totaling $634,130 with 23% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not  necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.

6.21.2022. Waterbury. Vermont Department of Mental Health