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Partnership Access Line - Pediatric Alaska (PAL-PAK)

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Grant Status: Active

Training Category: PMHCA

Project Director(s):

Kristina Weltzin, LCSW
Division of Behavioral Health
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
P.O. Box 110620
Juneau, AK  99811-0629
Phone: 907 465-8469
FAX: 907 465-2185
Email: kristina.weltzin@alaska.gov

Problem:

Alaska's pediatric population does not have sufficient access to timely behavioral health care, due to a severe statewide workforce shortage.

Goals and Objectives:

Goals include: 1) Increase the availability and accessibility of statewide or regional networks of pediatric mental health teams composed of child and adolescent psychiatrists, licensed mental health professionals, and case coordinators through telehealth consultation and referral to pediatric primary care practitioners caring for children and adolescents with behavioral disorders; 2) Conduct training and provide technical assistance to primary care providers to enable them to conduct early identification, diagnosis, and treatment for children with behavioral health conditions; 3) Provide information to pediatric providers about, and assist pediatric providers in accessing pediatric mental health care providers, with the overarching goal of providing timely detection, assessment, treatment and referral of children and adolescents with behavioral health disorders through telehealth, using evidence-based practices and methods such as web-based education and training sessions; and 4) Improve access through telehealth to treatment and referral services for children and adolescents with identified behavioral health disorders, especially those living in rural and other underserved areas. Objectives are detailed in the project narrative, due to space limitations of this abstract.

Methodology:

DBH will partner with the Seattle Children's Hospital Partnership Access Line (PAL) and with the Help Me Grow-Alaska (HMG) project to leverage existing efforts related to child psychiatrist consultations for pediatric primary care providers via telehealth; outreach and engagement of primary care providers statewide; providing training and technical assistance for primary care providers; and expansion of a resource and referral database of behavioral health and other support services providers.

Coordination:

DBH will lead this project with the support of Alaska's section of Women's Children's and Family Health (WCFH), the Title V MCH administrator, and with the participation of an advisory committee.

Evaluation:

DBH will conduct in-house evaluation in partnership with PAL and HMG-AK.



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