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

Over the past six years, with support from the NJ Governor’s Office and funding from the NJ Department of Children and Families, Hackensack Meridian Health, along with Cooper University Health Care and Atlantic Health System, has successfully established the New Jersey Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative (NJPPC) across 20 counties in New Jersey, comprising 8 regional Hubs throughout the state. The ninth Hub, in Essex County, is managed by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, ensuring that every county in the state has improved access to pediatric mental/behavioral health care.

As a mental/behavioral health and substance use consultative and referral support program, the NJPPC has aimed to improve the comfort and competence of pediatric primary care clinicians to screen, identify and care manage their patients with mental/behavioral health concerns. Participating pediatric primary care and specialty care providers 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 and adolescents up to age 18 (or up to 21, if patient is still being seen by the pediatric practices) and requires participating primary care providers (PCP) to universally provide standardized mental/behavioral health and substance use screenings at each well visit. Participating pediatricians and pediatric clinicians can consult with the NJPPC Hub Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists (CAPs) and behavioral health staff for consults. They can also refer patients with identified concerns to the Hub behavioral health staff for intake and referral to services in their community. As of 2020, patients who are referred to the Hub can also access psychiatry evaluation services via tele-psychiatry. Below you will find a list of the counties and their corresponding NJPPC Hubs, as well as the leadership teams for each.

All 9 of New Jersey’s Network Hubs launched a tele-psychiatry enhancement in Spring 2020. The tele-psychiatry enhancement allows patients and families referred to the Hub by participating Hub physicians to access tele-psychiatry services from their assigned Regional Hub. Tele-psychiatry consults can be provided from the Hub to the patient in the referring physician’s office, or from the Hub directly to the patient home. Active participation in a Network Hub is required for further registration in the tele-psychiatry enhancement. Providers who are not registered for their Hub must enroll before they can access these tele-psychiatry services.  Already a member of your Hub? Email to inquire about and enroll in tele-psychiatry. Not a member of your Hub? Register here and indicate that you would also like to enroll in tele-psychiatry.  

Tele-psychiatry Advantages:

  • Virtual psychiatric consultations expand access to quality mental health care
  • Guidance from Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists (CAP) for caring for your patients’ mental/behavioral health care needs in real time
  • Patient/family-centered approach for improved patient engagement, care coordination & clinical outcomes
  • Choices for your patients: accessible in pediatric offices or in the comfort of a patient’s own home

Source: Call-In Consults the Answer to Severe Child Psychiatrist Shortage? – Medscape – Jul 30, 2019.

The NJPPC Hubs support pediatric clinicians in integrating mental/behavioral health and substance use screening, referral, and care coordination into their practices. The NJPPC Hubs provide pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists, pediatric clinicians, and family physicians who see a pediatric population with quick access to psychiatric consultation, and facilitate referrals for children/families in need of mental/behavioral health and substance use resources and support. NJPPC Hub benefits include:

  • Timely Access to Psychiatry Consultation – for appropriate cases, the NJPPC Hub CAP may see a child/adolescent for a one-time psychiatric evaluation at no charge to the patient.
  • Consultative Support to assist you with diagnostic clarification, medication management, and care coordination by a team of behavioral health professionals, including a child/adolescent psychiatrist.
  • Care Coordination to support patient/family engagement with appropriate community mental/behavioral health treatment services.
  • Continuous education opportunities to address common pediatric mental/behavioral health issues via monthly activities including webinars and NJAAP’s Mental/Behavioral Health Virtual Learning Collaboratives, awarding CME credits and MOC part 2 and part 4 points.

Learn more about the Mental/Behavioral Health Virtual Learning Collaborative

In order to participate in your designated NJPPC Hub, pediatric clinicians must register and agree to the following:

  • Attend brief mandatory virtual NJPPC Orientation with Hub staff and NJAAP staff
  • Conduct universal mental/behavioral health and substance use screening at child and adolescent well visits, with the PSC-35, Y-PSC-37, SWYC, and CRAFFT 2.1* validated, standardized screening tools
  • Submit occasional quantitative data on screening practices to track screenings conducted (important for continued funding of the NJPPC by NJDCF)
  • Complete initial practice demographic survey and annual survey on screening practices and satisfaction with the NJPPC program

* Pediatric Symptom Checklist, Survey of Wellbeing of Young Children

Onboarding Process:

Upon registration in the NJPPC, participants will receive a welcome email with information on getting started, including scheduling a mandatory Orientation (virtual) office visit with Hub and NJAAP staff. Following the Orientation meeting, participants will receive access to a member website with links to all of the tools and resources needed to begin implementing screening and referral to their Hub.

Participants are encouraged to join in monthly webinars and learning collaborative sessions for further education on addressing mental/behavioral health issues in their practice. All NJPPC Hub participants will receive access to a monthly learning opportunities, featuring didactic and case-based presentations by subject matter experts, including “Curbside Consult with a CAP” webinars, presented by NJPPC Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists. Participants are also encouraged to continue their education by registering for NJAAP’s annual Learning Collaborative. This coming year Fall 2021 – Spring 2022, we will offer an advanced level Mental/Behavioral Health Virtual Learning Collaborative – more information available Fall 2021.

Fall 2021 – Spring 2022: 6 Monthly Virtual Sessions • November, 2021 – April, 2022 

The Advanced Mental/Behavioral Health Learning Collaborative MOC part 4 project is designed for NJPPC-participating pediatric primary care and specialty care clinicians who want to build their comfort and skills with secondary screening to assist with diagnosis clarification, communicating with families, care coordination, and treatment, including psychopharmacology. 

Virtual monthly sessions (75 minutes each) will offer participants increased knowledge and support in the identification and management of child and adolescent mental health conditions. 

 Advanced Learning Collaborative Participant Quality Improvement Objectives:  

  • By the end of the program, 95% of charts will have mental/behavioral health screening documented forpatients ages 6-18 years old  
  • Increase universal substance use screening at well visits for patients ages 12-18 years old by at least 25% over baseline.  
  • Increase use of secondary screening tools for diagnostic clarification of identified mental/behavioral health issues by 25% over baseline.  
  • Increase self-report of comfort/confidence with discussing mental/behavioral health and substance use concerns with patients/caregivers, for patients ages 6-18 years old by 20% over baseline.  
  • Increase self-report of comfort/confidence with collaborative care with psychiatry, initiating treatment and care coordination, including medication management for patients ages 6-18 years old by 20% over baseline.  
  • Increase self-report of referrals to other medical providers/specialists, as well as to community supportive resources for mental/behavioral health and substance use issues for patients ages 6-18 years old by 25% over baseline. 

Benefits of Participating: 

  • Didactic presentations by subject matter experts  
  • Case presentations and discussion  
  • Practice Quality Improvement (QI) coaching and virtual office visit  
  • CME credits/MOC part 2 points awarded for each session  

Faculty includes:  

  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists  
  • NJPPC Hub Behavioral Health Staff  
  • QI expert  

 Learning Collaborative Faculty/Advisors on the Sessions: 

  • NJPPC Leadership: Steven Kairys MD, MPH, FAAP, Meera Wells, MD, and Antony L. Rostain, MD, MA 
  • NJ Psychiatric Association: Debra Koss, MD 
  • QI Coach: Ruth S. Gubernick, PhD, MPH 
  • NJPPC Clinical Operations Manager: Jose L. Posos, M.Ed., LPC 
  • NJPPC MD champions: Melissa Wallach MD, FAAP, Puthenmadam Radhakrisnan, MD 


Spring 2021  

Mental/Behavioral Health Virtual Learning Collaborative 

4 monthly sessions: March – June  

 Session Learning Format:  

Each learning collaborative session includes a brief presentation by a subject matter expert, followed by in-depth, practice-based de-identified case presentations for discussion, problem-solving guidance and recommendations.

Learn from: 

NJPPC Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists, Quality Improvement experts, NJPPC Hub Behavioral Health staff, MD champions, and your colleagues.

Session Topics & archived recordings:

  • Session 1: Identification of Common Pediatric M/B H issues & Covid-19 Challenges and Response – Dr. Rostain (Didactic) and Dr. Wallach (Case) Recording Corresponding Slides
  • Session 2: Screening for Mental/Behavioral Health – A Practice Team Approach or What You Need to Know  - Dr. Bright (Didactic) and Dr. Romero (Case) Recording Corresponding Slides
  • Session 3: Referral & Care Coordination: Working in Collaboration with Your NJPPC Hub – Jose L. Posos and Beth Young (Didactic) and Dr. Matthew and Leena Raju (Case) Recording Corresponding Slides
  • Session 4: How to Use Your Community Resources & Communicating with Parents about Mental/Behavioral Health concerns –  Kairys and Dr. Radhakrisnan(Didactic) and Dr. Pagano (CaseRecording Corresponding Slides


  • To Increase pediatric providers’ competence and confidence in implementing mental/behavioral health in their primary or specialty care practice.
  • To provide a forum for pediatricians to share successes, strategies that have worked or not, and help each other overcome barriers to implementation of mental/behavioral health screening, referral, and care coordination.
  • To provide technical assistance to pediatricians and their staff on their progress in implementing mental/behavioral health screening, referral, and care coordination in their practice.
  • To assist in establishing strong collaborative relationships between primary care clinicians and PPC Hub teams.



Click Here to Register for the NJPPC