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 indicate your interest.
The Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative (PPC) is a program organized by Hackensack 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, Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex and Salem Counties, the PPC is expanding into Bergen, Hunterdon, Somerset, Sussex, Warren, Morris, Passaic, Hudson, and Union Counties. Pediatric providers in 20 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 mental/behavioral health screenings, including that of substance use at each child’s well visit. PCPs refer patients to their regional Hub for access to child mental/behavioral health services, including substance use. 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
- Bergen Hub
- Hunterdon, Somerset, Sussex, & Warren Hub
- Morris & Passaic Hub
- Hudson & Union Hub
The Hubs provide quick access to psychiatric consultation for pediatric PCPs and facilitate referrals for children/families accessing ongoing mental/behavioral health, including substance use. 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/behavioral health services. Hub benefits include:
- A child/adolescent 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 available to speak with a referred child’s family regarding the child’s mental/behavioral health concerns and to assist in providing diagnostic clarification.
- A psychologist/social worker available to assist the pediatrician with care coordination to ensure linkage from the pediatrician’s office to appropriate community mental/behavioral 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/behavioral health issues: ADHD, depression, anxiety, substance use, etc.
What Pediatricians Are Saying About the HUB
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, including substance use.
- The physician agrees to complete pre and post demographic surveys.
- The physician agrees to submit a brief screening log on a weekly basis
Information about the 2017-2018 MOC Program will be available soon!
If you register for the Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative, you are eligible to participate in NJAAP’s ABP-Approved MOC Part 4 Program. Participation is optional. 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/behavioral health issues, and improvement of mental/behavioral health care in the primary care setting.
By participating in NJAAP’s Mental Health MOC Program, you will receive:
- Training on mental/behavioral health screening
- An AAP ADHD Toolkit, along with many other resources
- Hands-on technical assistance for implementing screening and care coordination
- Opportunities to network with colleagues, experts, and community organizations
- 25 ABP Part 4 Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points upon program completion
All participants in NJAAP’s Mental Health MOC Program are required to:
- Designate a 3-person multidisciplinary practice quality improvement team
- Attend 2 half-day In-Person Learning Sessions (opportunity to earn additional CME credits)
- 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 technical assistance webinars
- Participate in one on-site office visit with NJAAP Quality Improvement team member
- Individualized coaching by email or phone with NJAAP Quality Improvement team member
- Share successes with Collaborative partners
- Complete pre and post survey inventory during the project
- MOC attestation and exit interview