The Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP) supports primary care physicians treating children and youth in meeting their behavioral health needs.  Providing behavioral health services appropriate for the primary care setting offsets the demand for specialty psychiatric care in the community – a very scarce resource.  With help from MCPAP teams, PCPs can effectively meet the needs of youth with common mental health conditions including ADHD, depression, and anxiety disorders.

MCPAP’s six regional hubs are:

  1. Western MA: Baystate Medical Center
  2. Central MA: UMass Memorial Medical Center
  3. Northeast: North Shore Medical Center
  4.  Southeast: McLean Hospital Southeast
  5.  Boston Metro Region I: Massachusetts General Hospital
  6. Boston Metro Region II: Tufts Medical Center/Boston Children’s Hospital

MCPAP is funded by the MA Department of Mental Health (DMH) and administered by Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP).  MCPAP’s success has created a strong foundation for new innovative strategies to address behavioral health needs in a variety of settings.

Early Childhood Mental Health
DMH partners with the MA Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) to address early childhood mental health.  A 2011 survey of MCPAP-enrolled practices identified service gap for pre-school age children with challenging behaviors; recommended parenting skills training.  Supported by Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant from the U.S. Department of Education, MCPAP is implementing Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) in primary care practices and community behavioral health agencies.  Click here for more on Triple P. 

 MCPAP for Moms
One out of every eight women experience depression during pregnancy or in the postpartum period. MCPAP for Moms is an exciting new statewide expansion of MCPAP that aims to promote maternal and child health by building the capacity of providers serving pregnant and postpartum women and their children up to one year after delivery to effectively prevent, identify, and manage depression. Providers working with fathers and other caregivers experiencing postpartum depression can also access MCPAP for Moms.

MCPAP for Moms has three core components: trainings and toolkits, real-time psychiatric consultation and care coordination, and linkages with community-based resources.  To access the MCPAP for Moms website click here.

Adolescent Substance Abuse
DMH and MCPAP are partnering with DPH’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services and Boston Children’s Hospital Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research to revise the 2008 SBIRT Provider Guide.  The new SBIRT workbook will promote use of new screening tool-S2BI and include role-plays for PCPs to practice brief interventions.  MCPAP will implement statewide training for PCPs in 2015 using SBIRT workbook through hub site visits, webinars, etc.  This work is supported by the Center for Medicaid Strategies (CMS) State Innovation Model (SIM) funding.

For more information and resources, visit the MCPAP website  For an update on MCPAP, view the December 2014 presentation to the Children’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council.

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