Maine seeks healthcare providers to expand innovative mental health program

Posted 12/1/2021

Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership is Maine’s Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) Program. This partnership provides timely training and support to child and adolescent primary care clinicians (PCCs) and other clinicians related to the detection, assessment, treatment, and referral of behavioral health conditions within their practice.

Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership is currently recruiting pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other clinical care team members who provide primary care to children and adolescents up to and including the age of 21 to partner with our team. The support provided is part of a peer-to-peer, telehealth-based consultation model, where PCCs can connect with off-site child/adolescent behavioral health professionals by phone, video call, or email/web-based portals for consultation.

The timing of this program could not be better. In October of this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) joined together to declare a national state of emergency in children’s mental health due to the effects the pandemic has had on our nations’ youth.

The mission of Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership is to educate, support, and empower child and adolescent primary care clinicians and their clinical team through training and ongoing web-based and telephonic patient care consultations with behavioral health providers.

Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership is supported by the collaboration between Maine Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Northern Light Acadia Hospital, and MaineHealth, where the teams work together to support child and adolescent clinical care providers in enhancing children’s behavioral health throughout Maine, especially in rural and medically underserved areas.

Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership started offering services in March 2021. To date, we have enrolled 270 providers throughout Maine, provided 208 peer-to-peer, telehealth-based consultations, and provided trainings to 713 participants through live and on demand webinar trainings.

 

There are no fees for the services provided. Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of  an award totaling $1,851,222 with zero percentage financed with nongovernmental sources.

To learn more and become involved, contact Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership at

1-833-MPBHP11 (1-833-672-4711) or visit www.BHpartnersforME.org.

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