A Key TPS Advocacy Achievement
Austin, TX – The Texas Child Psychiatry Access Network (CPAN) launched statewide on May 18, 2020.
On May 18, 2020, the Texas Child Psychiatry Access Network launched statewide to provide Texas pediatricians and other primary care physicians caring for children access to near immediate psychiatry consultations for their patients with no charge to their practices. 11 regional hubs at health-related institutions of higher education will provide primary care physicians with urgent assistance from a child and adolescent psychiatrist, connections to local mental health resources for their patients, and ongoing educational content to improve the care of children with mental health concerns.
The Texas Child Psychiatry Access Network is a major initiative of the newly created Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium – a product of Senate Bill 11 from the 86th Texas Legislative Session – and a major advocacy achievement of the Texas Pediatric Society. “The Legislature made child access to mental health services a key priority for our state last session. They correctly recognized that primary care treats the majority of mental health concerns in our children, and if we do everything we can to support our pediatricians, we can ensure better access to subspecialists when children need them,” said Dr. Tammy Camp, President of the Texas Pediatric Society. Senate Bill 11 appropriated $99 million state general revenue funds to the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium. Other initiatives of the Consortium include the Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine (TCHATT) program, child and adolescent psychiatry workforce expansion, and funding of additional research to advance mental health care of children and adolescents in Texas.
Pediatricians and pediatric primary care physicians who are ready to enroll and take advantage of CPAN today can call toll free 1(888) 901-CPAN (2726).