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Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA)

In 2021, Vermont received funding from Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) to bring children’s mental health consultation, training, and support to VT pediatric primary care and other providers to ensure that children’s mental health needs are met through the Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) Program.  PMHCA aims to make early identification, diagnosis, treatment, and referral for mental health conditions a routine part of children’s health care services. With federal funding, PMHCA helps to promote the integration of mental health services into pediatric primary care with the support of:

  • The Vermont Child Psychiatry Access Program (VTCPAP)
  • Expert training to help pediatric primary care providers better treat mental health in children and adolescents
  • Resources and referrals to providers


For more info, please visit VT’s HRSA PMHCA Program webpage: Funded Projects | MCHB (

To learn more about HRSA PMHCA national programs, please visit: Pediatric Mental Health Care Access | MCHB (


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What is VTCPAP?

VTCPAP provides a FREE, fast access psychiatric consultation line for medical providers serving patients aged 0-21. Callers get access to consult with a team of Licensed Clinical Social Workers and/or board-certified Child-Adolescent Psychiatrists, who can provide evidence-based and practice-informed recommendations regarding screening, diagnosis, treatment planning, and appropriate referrals.

VTCPAP is currently hosted by the Community Health Centers with additional funding from the Four Pines Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation.

For more info, please visit VTCPAP website’s at VTCPAP | Home

Vermont is part of the National Network of Child Psychiatry Access Programs, for more info please visit: NNCPAP National Network of Child Psychiatry Access Programs

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling “$1,026,730 with 20% financed with non-federal sources. The contents of this webpage are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.