Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium (TCMHCC)
Improving mental health care and systems of care for the children and adolescents of Texas.
Pediatrician and PCP Support
The Child Psychiatry Access Network (CPAN) is a network of child psychiatry access centers that supports pediatricians and primary care providers in caring for children and youth with behavioral health needs. The goal of CPAN is to create a network of academic hubs to provide telemedicine-based consultation and training to pediatricians to identify mental health issues in their patients.
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. The goal of TCHATT is to create or expand existing telemedicine or telehealth programs to assist school districts with identifying mental health care needs and accessing services.
The goals of the Community Psychiatry Workforce Expansion (CPWE) are to:
Collaborate and coordinate with community mental health providers to expand the amount and availability of mental health care resources by developing training opportunities for residents and supervising residents at facilities operated by LMHAs and community mental health providers; and increase the number of Texas-trained psychiatry residents who work in the public mental health system upon completion of their residencies. CPWE funds community psychiatric workforce expansion projects through partnerships between HRIs and community mental health providers. The partnerships provide training opportunities for residents under an academic medical director provided by the HRIs.
The UTRGV-TCMHCC research initiative is part of the two state-wide networks across the departments of psychiatry at state-funded health-related institutions to improve the delivery of child and adolescent mental health services in Texas. Each of the two networks is focused on a specific topic area pertinent to advancing the delivery of child and adolescent mental health services. The networks are:
- Youth Depression and Suicide Research Network (YDSRN)
- Childhood Trauma Research Network (CTRN)
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Fellowship
The TCMHCC intends to establish UTRGV School of Medicine’s first CAP Fellowship program. Being the first of its kind in the local area, the CAP program will create two new fellowship positions every year. The selected fellows will provide mental healthcare to the local underage population served through the program’s affiliated participating sites, as well as, those within the CPAN and TCHATT initiatives.
Advance mental health care quality and access for all Texas children and adolescents through inter-institutional collaboration, leveraging the expertise of the state’s health-related institutions of higher education, local and state government agencies, and local and state mental health organizations.