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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program

Deadline: August 13, 2018

The Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program aims to promote behavioral health integration in pediatric primary care by supporting the development of new or the improvement of existing statewide or regional pediatric mental health care telehealth access programs. For purposes of this funding opportunity, telehealth is defined as the use of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical health care, clinical consultation, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Technologies include video conferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications.

A pediatric mental health care telehealth access program for which funding may be used, shall perform the following activities:

  • Be a statewide or regional network of pediatric mental health teams that provide support to pediatric primary care sites as an integrated team
  • Support and further develop organized state or regional networks of pediatric mental health teams to provide consultative support to pediatric primary care sites
  • Conduct an assessment of critical behavioral consultation needs among pediatric providers and such providers’ preferred mechanisms for receiving consultation, training, and technical assistance
  • Develop an online database and communication mechanisms, including telehealth, to facilitate consultation support to pediatric practices
  • Provide rapid statewide or regional clinical telephone or telehealth consultations when requested between the pediatric mental health teams and pediatric primary care providers
  • Conduct training and provide technical assistance to pediatric primary care providers to support the early identification, diagnosis, treatment, and referral of children with behavioral health conditions
  • Provide information to pediatric providers about, and assist pediatric providers in accessing, pediatric mental health care providers, including child and adolescent psychiatrists, and licensed mental health professionals, such as psychologists, social workers, or mental health counselors as well as assisting with scheduling and conducting technical assistance
  • Assist with referrals to specialty care and community or behavioral health resources
  •  Establish mechanisms for measuring and monitoring increased access to pediatric mental health care services by pediatric primary care providers and expanding the capacity of pediatric primary care providers to identify, treat, and refer children with mental health problems

Amount: A total of $8,900,000 is available to make up to 20 awards that range up to $445,000 per year for a 5-year period of performance. A 20% non-federal match is required each year.

Eligibility: States, political subdivisions of states, Indian tribes, and tribal organizations.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=305136

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