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Grant Status: Active

Grant Title: Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program

Web Site: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Project Exit Disclaimer

Project Director(s):

Jennie Munthali, MPH
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO  80246-1530
Phone: (303) 692-2435
Email: jennie.munthali@state.co.us

Problem:

The number of practicing child and adolescent psychiatrists in Colorado is insufficient to meet the existing mental health needs of children and youth in the state. Colorado ranked 48th in the country for overall youth mental health, according to Mental Health America's 2018 "The State of Mental Health in America" report.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Increased timely detection, assessment, treatment and referral of children and youth with behavioral health disorders in pediatric primary care settings. The related objectives are to increase provider skills and knowledge through training and teleconsultation with specialists and to increase access to behavioral health teams via telehealth. Goal 2: Improved access through telehealth to behavioral health treatment and referral services, especially in rural and underserved areas. The related objectives are to establish mental health teams and support existing teams that offer teleconsultation services to pediatric primary care providers, and to help these providers access the mental health teams. Goal 3: Sustained strategies and interventions that are effective in improving pediatric behavioral health care practice are in place. Related objectives are to complete the project evaluation activities and work with partners to develop a sustainability plan.

Methodology:

This project will establish a statewide teleconsultation service in which mental health teams provide consultation and support for behavioral health concerns to pediatric primary care providers through telephone, asynchronous e-consultation (secure email and record-sharing), and telehealth video conferencing. The teams will also serve as a central source of training and information about pediatric mental health care, and provide telehealth direct services and in-person direct patient consultation to guide care.

Coordination:

This project will be coordinated by Jennie Munthali (CDPHE), Project Director, and Sandra Fritsch (University of Colorado School of Medicine/Children's Hospital Colorado), Program Manager.

Evaluation:

The project has a comprehensive evaluation plan that will be administered by Susan Young, PhD (University of Colorado), Data Manager.

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