Connecting Primary Care with Child Psychiatry
Primary care physicians (PCPs) such as pediatricians and family practice doctors are often the first place families go to seek help or information about emotional or behavioral concerns with their children.
PCPs provide mental health support and can prescribe medications, but they may not have access to consultation or the training needed to make decisions for children with mental health needs.
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 is committed to strengthening and supporting the ability of PCPs to provide mental health services to youth in the PCPs' practices.
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 and on-site at pediatric PCP offices on a variety of topics 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 PCPs to access community mental health and support services such as clinic treatment, case management, or family support.
Project TEACH services are available to all New York PCPs serving children and adolescents. 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.
How to access services:
There are two entities that provide Project TEACH services in New York State. To access Project TEACH services, contact the provider in your area using the phone numbers or website listed below:
Region 1 & Region 3
Phone: (855) 227-7272
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for Primary Care (CAP PC) is a collaboration between the Departments of Psychiatry at the University at Buffalo, University of Rochester, Columbia University Medical Center/NY State Psychiatric Center, State University at New York (SUNY) Upstate, and Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. The Project Director is David Kaye, M.D.
Phone: (844) 892-5070
The C.A.P.E.S. Program, through the Four Winds Foundation, has been active since 2005. It was created, and continues to be led, by Jeffrey M. Daly, M.D.
For further information about the Project TEACH initiative contact us Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm:
Phone: (518) 474-8394
Email: Project TEACH