The number of school-aged children with a treatable mental health disorder is increasing, but up to half of children are not receiving needed treatment. Oftentimes, parents turn to their trusted primary care provider for behavioral health needs, but pediatric primary care providers often feel ill-equipped to treat and referral times are long.
The Georgia Mental Health Access in Pediatrics (GMAP) program helps pediatric providers take better care of children and adolescents with behavioral health concerns by increasing pediatric providers’ comfort to treat and manage mild-to-moderate behavioral health concerns in day-to-day practice through provider education and provider advice line, and also increases providers’ access to behavioral health consultation and a referral network. The Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health at the Georgia Health Policy Center is supporting management and coordination of GMAP in partnership with Georgia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Augusta University, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
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