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.
Over the past five 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 Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative (PPC) 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 PPC 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 PPC 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. New in 2020, patients who are referred to the Hub can access psychiatry evaluation services via telepsychiatry. Below you will find a list of the counties and their corresponding PPC Hubs, as well as the leadership teams for each.
- 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
- Timely Access to Psychiatry Consultation - for appropriate cases, the PPC 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 webinars and NJAAP’s Mental Health Virtual Learning Collaboratives, awarding CME credits and MOC part 2 points. (anticipated Summer 2020)
- 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 weekly electronic screening logs to track screening (important for continued funding of the PPC)
- Complete initial practice demographic survey and annual survey on screening practices