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Initiatives

The Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium was funded by the legislature to improve mental health care for children and adolescents in Texas. To implement that charge, TCMHCC has developed four initiatives to address different aspects of the challenge. The Child Psychiatry Access Network (CPAN) provides telehealth-based consultation and training to pediatricians to assist them with identifying and treating mental health issues in their patients. The Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine (TCHATT) program provides in-school behavioral telehealth care to at-risk children and adolescents. The research program will focus on peer reviewed health systems research, conducted collaboratively through networks and targeted at high priority areas affecting children and adolescents. And the workforce expansion program funds new child and psychiatry fellowship positions at institutions of higher education, and full-time psychiatrists and residents at community mental health centers.

The Child Psychiatry Access Network (CPAN) is a network of child psychiatry access centers that provides support to pediatricians and primary care providers in caring for children and youth with behavioral health needs.

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Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine (TCHATT) is a network of telemedicine or telehealth programs that provide in-school behavioral health care to at-risk children and adolescents.

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The Consortium is funding new 1) child and psychiatry fellowship positions at institutions of higher education, and 2) full-time psychiatrists and residents at community mental health centers.

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The Consortium will fund multi-institutional research projects in areas that have potential for advancing mental health care for children and adolescents in Texas.

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