1. MCH Workforce Development
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  3. Pediatric Mental Health Care Access

Pediatric Mental Health Care Access

Training primary care providers through telehealth to integrate behavioral and mental health services into their practices

PMHCA Teleconsultation

Providers - Access Information and Teleconsulation Services

Would you like to see what PMHCA looks like?  Watch one or more of these short videos.  Each provides snapshots for how groups across our Nation are implementing this work:

Increasing Access to Pediatric Mental Health Care

We want to make sure that pediatric primary care providers are confident and competent to screen and help children with behavioral disorders.  Our Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) programs build workforce capacity.

We aim to make early identification, diagnosis, treatment, and referral of behavioral disorders a routine part of children's health care services. We fund state and regional networks of pediatric mental health care teams. These teams provide behavioral health services - through telehealth * - to pediatric primary care providers. These services include:

  • Tele-consultation and training
  • Resources and referrals to both providers and consumers

Awardee Guidance

Performance reporting resources

Awardee Meetings

ARP-PMHCA New Awardee Orientation

On September 30, 2021, 24 new awardees began a five year period of performance for American Rescue Plan Act-Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program. During this webinar, the ARP-PMHCA/PMHCA and Grants Management teams provided an overview of programmatic and grants management expectations and requirements.

The Second Annual Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) Program All-Awardee Meeting

The Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Division of Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development (DMCHWD), recently conducted its second annual Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) Program All-Awardee Meeting.


Proceedings of a Workshop-in Brief: Considerations for Using Telemental Health Services for Children and Youth

Using Telemental Health Services to Meet the Needs of Children and Youth: A Virtual Workshop

Tips for AAP Chapters: Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Care via Telehealth by Partnering with Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Programs

Pediatric Primary Care Provider Comfort with Mental Health Practices: A Needs Assessment of Regions with Shortages of Treatment Access

Trends in Mental Health Concerns Reported to Two Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Programs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Addressing National Workforce Shortages by Funding Child Psychiatry Access Programs

Academic-Community Partnership to Improve Pediatric Mental Health Access: Missouri Child Psychiatry Access Project

A Systematic Review of the Methods Used to Evaluate Child Psychiatry Access Programs

PMHCA Quick Facts

  • Funding began in 2018
  • In 2021, American Rescue Plan (ARP) provided additional funding of $10.7 million dollars (ARP-PMHCA)
  • Programs reach 40 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Chickasaw Nation, and the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians

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* For the PMHCA/ARP-PMHCA programs, we define telehealth as the use of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical consultation, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Permitted telehealth modalities between providers include, but are not limited to: real-time video, telephonic communications, store-and-forward imaging, and mobile health (mHealth) applications.

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