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Barry Sarvet et al. Improving Access to Mental Health Care for Children

Barry Sarvet et al. Improving Access to Mental Health Care for Children: The Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Project. Pediatrics, Volume 126, Number 6, Dec 2010

The online version of this article is available at: http://www.pediatrics.org

This article describes the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP) how it operates, from its beginning in 2005 to the present and the challenges and opportunities. The on-going dismal access to care for children with mental health conditions in the United States prompted the creation of the MCPAP. Funded with public sources, 6 regional consultation teams hosted by a division of child psychiatry within a regional academic medical center, provide primary care clinicians with rapid access to child psychiatry expertise.

The Florida Pediatric Psychiatry Hotline is modeled after the MCPAP and is currently operating to serve clinicians in the north and central areas of the state. See announcement on the home page. Shortly we will add a third consultation team serving south Florida.

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