The University of Texas System

Child Psychiatry Access Network (CPAN)

What is CPAN?

CPAN, or the Child Psychiatry Access Network, is Texas pediatric clinicians’ free and trusted mental health resource. CPAN offers provider-to-provider consultations related to specific patients or general questions, care coordination, and training to pediatric clinicians to assist with identifying and treating mental health issues in their young patients.


  • Children are more likely to see a pediatrician or family care provider when experiencing behavioral health challenges
  • There is a shortage of child psychiatrists in Texas, and children often wait months for care
  • CPAN is state-funded, and there is no cost to the provider to utilize the service
  • With our help, you can feel more confident treating your patients’ mental health concerns

How does CPAN Work?

  • It’s simple to enroll in and easy to use. Call 1-888-901-CPAN (2726) to enroll and get help with a patient quickly
  • CPAN staff are available on the phones Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • You can leave a message anytime
  • No call is too small. We are here to support you

How to enroll

Once you find your region in the map below, call us at (888) 901-CPAN (2726) and select the option for your region.

If you need assistance, select option 9 and a CPAN team member can assist in connecting you to the team in your region.

CPAN Geographic Regions

The map below indicates the medical institutions responsible for responding to calls in the different regions of Texas.

Click here to download the map as a pdf.

What can I use CPAN for?

CPAN provides the following support:

  • Patient care consultation from a mental health clinician within 30 minutes
  • Vetted and patient-specific resources and referrals within one business day
  • Free CEs and other learning opportunities


  • For individual primary care providers: Prompt access to a child psychiatrist for phone consultation on medication questions, including follow-ups.
  • For practices that have behavioral health clinicians: Expert consultation on difficult cases.
  • For pediatric health homes: Help to fully incorporate behavioral services into the practice through access to a child psychiatrist
  • For patients needing specialized care: Help to identify resources for evaluation and ongoing care.

CPAN Workgroup Chairs:

Laurel Williams, DO, Baylor College of Medicine
Sarah Martin, MD, Texas Tech University