We heard you!
In response to your replies on the NYS Success 2015 Fall Conference Survey, we are featuring Project TEACH in this month's newsletter. Dr. Matthew Perkins, the initiative's Medical Director, presented on how Project TEACH (Training and Education for the Advancement of Children's Health) is committed to strengthening and supporting the ability of PCP
s to provide mental health services to children, adolescents and their families.
Project TEACH -
Connecting Primary Care with Child
and Adolescent Psychiatry
Primary care physicians (e.g., pediatricians and family physicians) are often the first place where families seek help or information about emotional or behavioral concerns with their children. Further, many children receive short term mental health counseling and support through their primary care doctor. Although physicians provide mental health support and prescribe medications, they often do not have access to the expert consultation and training that will assist them in managing any number of complex issues that arise in the course of providing mental health counseling and medication management.
Project TEACH provides rapid consultation, education and training, and referral/ linkage services to pediatric primary care providers (PCPs) statewide who provide care for children and adolescents with mental health disorders. Additionally, other prescribers who are providing ongoing treatment to children, such as Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, General Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, may request a second opinion through consultation.
Project TEACH Services:
- Access to rapid consultation from child and adolescent psychiatrists. All pediatric PCPs are eligible to receive telephonic consultation about their patients’ mental health needs. PCPs can also obtain direct consultation for their patients, either face to face with the child psychiatrist or via videoconference.
- Access to education and training. Educational-based trainings are held regularly on a variety of related to children’s social and emotional development. CME credits are available to physicians for attending the training.
- Access to referral and linkage services for their child and adolescent patients. Referral and linkage services assist families and Pediatric primary care providers to access community mental health and support services such as clinic treatment, case management, or family support.
Project TEACH services are provided throughout the state by two providers – CAP-PC and C.A.P.E.S. Visit the OMH Project TEACH website for contact information.
Project TEACH is committed to strengthening and supporting the ability of PCPs to provide mental health services to children and adolescents and their families in the PCPs’ practices. Stay tuned for exciting announcements as Project TEACH expands its capacity to provide services in the coming year.
NEW! The Systems of Care Approach Online Curriculum
The Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health (TA Center) is pleased to announce a new free online curriculum designed to help communities, states, tribes, and territories, implement, improve, sustain, and expand Systems of Care for children, youth, and young adults with behavioral health challenges. This curriculum includes information and resources developed to support the widespread expansion of the system of care approach. It will help individuals understand the What, Why, and How of System of Care Expansion.
The curriculum includes guides for strategic planning, implementing expansion strategies, financing, and performance and outcome measurement, as well as worksheets and tools for self-assessment and outcome measurement. Upon completion of each module, you can also receive continuing education credits from the National Association of Social Workers and/ or the National Board of Certified Counselors.
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