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Missouri Child Psychiatry Access Project (MO-CPAP)

Vision Statement: MO-CPAP gives pediatric primary care providers (PCPs) access to timely telephone consultation services with a child and adolescent psychiatrist, linkage and referral resources for community-based behavioral health services, and optional educational opportunities to improve providers' knowledge, skills, and confidence in treating behavioral health issues.

MO-CPAP provides telephone consults Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from 10:00 a.m-6:00 pm within 30 minutes or during scheduled consult times. Linkage and referral services are available 24/7.

Program Overview

***MO-CPAP is a consultation line, not a crisis referral service. We cannot provide emergency evaluations over the phone or in person. If a PCP calls about a case requiring emergency services a referral will be made to the most appropriate local service.

***MO-CPAP child psychiatrists are not available for ongoing treatment of referred cases. In situations in which a child needs ongoing psychiatric care, an appropriate local referral will be made.

***MO-CPAP is not a substitute for inpatient psychiatric care or referrals.

***Phone support will be provided by a team of local child and adolescent psychiatrists. Psychiatrists will cover the phones in rotation one day per week.

***When a PCP wishes to use a telephone consult to explore treatment options, MO-CPAP encourages discussion with the child's caretaker(s) before making a call to MO-CPAP. While MO-CPAP does not require informed consent from the family to call and discuss a case, we recommend that the PCP inform the caretaker, and perhaps the child or adolescent as appropriate, that he/she will be discussing their situation with a child psychiatrist.

***Behavioral Health Response (BHR) will manage calls to the MO-CPAP consult line. If the PCP requests a telephonic consult, the appropriate information will be sent to the on call child psychiatrist, who will call back within 30 minutes. If the PCP prefers to schedule a consult time, BHR will manage the call back schedule and inform the psychiatrist. If the PCP is calling for linkage and referral services, BHR will assist the PCP in finding appropriate resources for the child, and can also directly contact caregivers with consent.

***Because the phone support is educational in nature, the child and adolescent psychiatrist will not request identifying information about the child. MO-CPAP wants to maintain HIPAA compliance and does not need identifying information about the child. Please do not provide information that could violate the child's confidentiality! In responding to the PCP question about a case the MO-CPAP psychiatrist may respond with "In cases such as this...." or similar language. We are not trying to be evasive but do wish to emphasize that we have not evaluated the patient and, as a result, our recommendations must be tempered and are educational in nature.


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