State to expand mental health services for children through Project TEACH

The New York State Office of Mental Health will expand a behavioral health services program for children by $4.9 million over the next four years.

Project TEACH — Training and Education for the Advancement of Children’s Health — facilitates treatment for children with mild to moderate mental health problems within pediatric primary care. Project TEACH creates links between pediatric primary care doctors and clinics, and with psychiatrists for immediate consultation via telephone or videoconferencing. Primary care providers can also use these links to refer patients to a psychiatrist for a face-to-face visit.

The Office of Mental Health hopes to expand the accessibility of children’s mental health services.

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