HHS announced the availability of $14.2 million from the American Rescue Plan to expand pediatric mental health care access by integrating telehealth services into pediatric primary care.
The funding will expand Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) projects into new states and geographic areas nationwide, including tribal areas. These new state and regional networks of pediatric mental health care teams will provide teleconsultations, training, technical assistance and care coordination for pediatric primary care providers to diagnose, treat and refer children and youth with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. Currently, there are 21 PMCHA projects in the country.
Pediatric mental health care teams will include child and adolescent psychiatrists, licensed mental health professionals, and care coordinators. Pediatric primary care providers can include, but are not limited to, pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and care coordinators. Teams will use telehealth to consult with pediatric primary care providers.
Click here to learn more about eligibility and to apply for the new PMHCA funds. Applications are due July 6, 2021.