Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative

Thank you for your interest in the Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative (PPC).  Below you will find details, including benefits and requirements, as well as a link to register.

Want to learn more about the Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative?  Click on the following links to listen to an informational tele-conference moderated by Program Director Dr. Raymond Hanbury, PhD., and follow along with the slide deck below.

Click HERE to access the audio file.

Click HERE to access the accompanying Power Point presentation.


The Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative (PPC) is a program organized by Meridian Health and Cooper University Hospital and funded by the NJ Department of Children and Families.  The program aims to improve the comfort and competence of primary care physicians and pediatricians to screen, identify and care manage children with mental health concerns.  Currently serving providers in Monmouth, Ocean, Camden and Burlington Counties, the PPC is expanding into Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex and Salem Counties.  Pediatric providers in 11 New Jersey counties will now have quick access to mental/behavioral health consultative and referral services for the children and families in their care.  The program is available for children up to age 18 and requires the child’s primary care provider (PCP) to universally offer standardized behavioral health screenings at each child’s well visit.  Meridian Health & Cooper University Hospital each act as a hub whereby the PCP can make a referral for access to child mental health services.  Below you will find a list of the counties and their corresponding hubs, as well as the leadership teams for each.  

  • Monmouth & Ocean (Meridian Hub @ Jersey Shore)
    • Ramon Solhkhah, MD
    • Steve Kairys, MD, MPH, FAAP
    • Raymond Hanbury, PhD, ABPP
  • Burlington & Camden (Cooper Hub @ Camden)
    • Andres Pumariega, MD
    • Gerd Naydock, PsyD
  • Mercer & Middlesex (Meridian Hub @ St. Peter’s)
    • Bipin Patel, MD
  • Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester & Salem (Cooper Hub @ Pennsville)
    • Michael Roberts, PsyD

Why Pediatricians Should Participate in a Hub

The hubs provide quick access to psychiatric consultation and facilitate referrals for accessing ongoing mental and behavioral health care.  The hubs encourage and support PCPs integrating mental and behavioral health resources into their practices. Pediatricians can make a referral to a hub for a child or family to access mental health services. Hub benefits include: 

  • A child psychiatrist available for consultative support through the Child Psych Consult line, staffed Mondays-Fridays from 8am – 5 pm. After hours telephone coverage is available 24/7.
  • A psychologist/social worker/case worker available to speak with a referred child’s family regarding the child’s mental health concerns and to assist in providing diagnostic clarification.
  • A psychologist/social worker/case worker available to assist the pediatrician with care coordination to ensure linkage from the pediatrician’s office to appropriate community mental health resources of support.
  • If a case is considered urgent, the hub will offer a one-time evaluation by a child and adolescent psychiatrist (CAP) at no charge to the patient. Based on the recommendation of the CAP, the hub staff will work with the family to develop the treatment and care coordination plan.
  • Hub staff will perform routine follow-up phone calls with referred families to monitor patient progress.
  • Continuous education opportunities in care management and treatment in the primary care office for the common child mental health issues: ADHD, depression, anxiety, etc.

What Pediatricians Are Saying About the HUB

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What are the Requirements for Participation?

In order to participate in your designated hub, PCPs must complete the following:

  • The physician agrees to conduct universal mental/behavioral health screening for all children. 
  • The Physician agrees to complete pre and post demographic surveys.
  • The physician agrees to submit a brief screening log on a weekly basis

Registration for the current MOC program is now closed.  Information about future programs will be posted here.

If you register for the Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative, you are eligible to participate in NJAAP’s ABP-Approved MOC Part 4 Program.  Participation is voluntary.  The program is aimed at helping pediatricians increase use of age appropriate mental and behavioral health screening tools, anticipatory guidance, referrals and care coordination to support the early detection of mental health issues, and improvement of mental health care in the primary care setting.

Why Should I Participate in the MOC Program?

By participating in NJAAP’s Mental Health MOC Program, you will receive:

  • Training on mental/behavioral health screening
  • An AAP Mental Health Toolkit, along with many other resources
  • Hands-on technical assistance for implementing screening
  • Opportunities to network with colleagues and experts
  • 25 ABP Part 4 Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points upon program completion
What are the Requirements for Participating?

All participants in NJAAP’s Mental Health MOC Program are required to:

  • Designate a 3-person multidisciplinary quality improvement team
  • Attend 2 half-day Learning Sessions
  • Submit baseline data and 3 months of follow up data for 20 patients per cycle
  • Submit bi-monthly reports on progress in achieving quality improvement goals 
  • Participate in monthly webinars/technical assistance calls
  • Participate in one on-site office visit with NJAAP Quality Improvement team
  • Share successes with Collaborative partners
  • Complete pre and post survey inventory during the project
  • MOC attestation and exit interview

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