Children and adolescents in the United States (US) face increasing challenges to their mental and behavioral health. This page provides important information about the AAP PMHCA Technical Assistance Program and technical assistance for pediatricians and other pediatric primary care professionals so they can better address mental, behavioral and relational health with infants, children, adolescents and families.
AAP PMHCA Technical Assistance Program Overview
The AAP Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) Technical Assistance (TA) Program provides technical assistance to primary care providers (PCPs) to support them in their management and care of mental health concerns in practice and to promote the use of local and regional PMHCA programs across the country.
We aim to build the knowledge, skills and confidence of pediatricians and other pediatric PCPs to address mental, behavioral and relational health concerns of infants, children, adolescents and families within the medical home setting and to effectively connect with PMHCA programs for teleconsultation, education and support. This work is supported through a cooperative agreement from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
The Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program* is a mental and behavioral health teleconsultation resource for primary care professionals. Statewide or regional networks of pediatric mental health teams provide teleconsultation, training, technical assistance and care coordination support services for pediatric PCPs to recognize pediatric mental and behavioral health conditions and to diagnose, treat and refer children with such concerns within the medical home.
*PMHCA programs are also referred to as Child Psychiatry Access Programs (CPAPs).
Join our AAP PMHCA Office Hours hosted by various subject matter experts.
- Engagement – September 21, 11 a.m. CT/12 a.m. ET Register Here.
If you’re interested in attending an office hour, please register.
Virtual Learning Cafés
In partnership with the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), the virtual learning cafés will provide an opportunity for state Maternal and Child Health staff to connect around the utilization of PMHCA programs and support health care professionals to provide mental health services within the medical home.
Join the AAP PMHCA Technical Assistance Program team and diverse subject matter experts in discussing a range of healthy mental, behavioral and relational health topics, and how PMHCA program services can provide teleconsultation, training and education to pediatricians and other pediatric PCPs regarding their patients’ and families' concerns.
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,700,000 with no percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, HRSA, HHS or the US Government.
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