The University of Texas System

Perinatal Psychiatry Access Network (PeriPAN)

What is PeriPAN?

PeriPAN is the Perinatal Psychiatry Access Network in Texas: a new pilot expansion of the Child Psychiatry Access Network (CPAN). PeriPAN is a hotline for clinician-to-clinician consultation for providers serving pregnant women and new mothers experiencing mental health distress, including:

  • Obstetricians
  • Family practitioners
  • Primary Care physicians
  • Pediatricians
  • Psychiatrists
  • Midwives

In 2019, nearly 50,000 Texas women who gave birth suffered from depression. PeriPAN can help providers address maternal mental health conditions like this.

PeriPAN’s Core Components

PeriPAN’s network of psychiatrists assists providers in addressing maternal mental health conditions (MMHC) by offering:

  • Prompt, phone-based clinician-to-clinician consultation
  • Resource and referral navigation, diagnostic clarification, and medication management
  • Training and education on reproductive mental health

PeriPAN’s Geographic Network of Psychiatrists

The map below indicates the medical institutions responsible for responding to calls in the four different pilot regions of Texas. Call the number below to enroll your practice and speak to a mental health clinician.

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The Challenge

TCMHCC was established in 2019 to improve the mental health care system in Texas for children and adolescents. That same year, 49,816 new Texas mothers were affected by maternal mental health conditions (MMHC), such as depression during and after pregnancy, anxiety, PTSD and bipolar disorder.

Unfortunately, there is a shortage in mental health professionals and reproductive psychiatrists in Texas and left untreated, mental health disorders contribute to:

  • Preeclampsia
  • Preterm delivery
  • Substance use
  • Maternal suicide
  • 16 percent of pregnancy-related deaths in Texas

These disorders can also have negative impacts on newborn children, including:

  • Low birthweight or preterm birth
  • Lower likelihood of breastfeeding
  • Increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome
  • Cognitive delays
  • Behavioral problems

The Solution

In 2021, the Texas Legislature appropriated federal funds from the America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to expand TCMHCC’s operations. Using the Child Psychiatry Access Network (CPAN) framework and structure, TCMHCC now offers clinicians mental health support as they serve pregnant women and new mothers. In doing so, providers can help improve mental and physical health for both mother and child in the long run.


Medical Director for PeriPAN

Dr. Sarah Wakefield, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Texas Tech University School of Medicine.