The purpose of the Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) program is to promote behavioral health integration into pediatric primary care using telehealth. State or regional networks of pediatric mental health teams will provide tele-consultation, training, technical assistance, and care coordination for pediatric primary care providers to diagnose, treat and refer children with behavioral health conditions. HRSA defines telehealth as the use of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical health care, clinical consultation, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Technologies include video conferencing, the internet, store-and forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications.
HRSA MCHB 21st Century Cures Act Programs: Providing Access to Behavioral Health Care for Pediatric & Maternal Populations
Launched in 2018, these programs are supporting behavioral health integration in primary care and maternal health through new and expanding telehealth access programs—including screening, providing clinical behavioral health consultation, care coordination support, and training—with a focus on rural and underserved areas.
PMHCA program awardees are required to report annually on Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Performance Measures, NOFO Outcome Measures, and Congressional Justification Measures through Discretionary Grant Information System performance measure forms and Non-Competing Continuation (NCC) progress reports. The Microsoft Excel data collection resource below should provide more clarity on the measures, and can be used by PMHCA awardees for ongoing data collection efforts throughout the year. The Reports and Measures guidance below includes information on the NCC Performance Report, NCC Progress Report, and lists all required measures.