The Missouri Child Psychiatry Access Project (MO-CPAP) builds capacity within primary care settings to treat and manage behavioral health needs for children and adolescents. Through access to child psychiatry consultations, ongoing educational opportunities, and linkage to connect patients with community-based behavioral health referral services, enrolled PCPs receive support treating mental health disorders in children and adolescents.

Our Vision: To increase mental health care access and to support primary care providers as they address mild to moderate behavioral health concerns within their practices.

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An Established Need

As many as 25 percent of the nation's youth suffer from clinically significant behavioral health problems, with many children and adolescents remaining untreated or experiencing significant delays before beginning treatment. With 75 percent or more youth receiving behavioral health care from a primary care provider, MO-CPAP is designed to target consultation and educational outreach efforts to PCPs. 

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Benefits to Primary Care Providers

By participating in the MO-CPAP Program, primary care providers receive access to:

  • Same-day telephonic consultations with a child and adolescent psychiatrist within 30 minutes of a call or scheduled at your convenience. Child and adolescent psychiatrists are available Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (except major holidays) to provide behavioral health consultation, including diagnostic issues and medication management.
  • Follow-up care coordination to help primary care providers connect their patients with referral services to community-based behavioral health care and other resources for treatment.
  • Ongoing education and training opportunities with the opportunity to earn free CME credit(s). MO-CPAP offers opportunities for behavioral health skills training for PCPs. Webinars and training opportunities offered are informed by evidence-based guidelines in response to the priority needs of primary care providers.

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Expectations of Participating PCPs

  • Formally enroll into MO-CPAP.
  • Participate in periodic surveys to evaluate the program and level of satisfaction.
  • Maintain responsibility for ongoing care and decisions regarding care of your patient(s).
  • Participate in optional educational trainings and webinars as recommended by MO-CPAP.

Ongoing Educational Opportunities

PCPs can learn more about common behavioral health diagnoses, medication algorithms, evidence-based screening tools, and much more through MO-CPAP.

Enrolled primary care providers may access our educational resources at the link below.

MO-CPAP Resources

MO-CPAP Participant Enrollment

To enroll and participate in the MO-CPAP program, please complete the form. Please direct any questions about the project or enrollment process to

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Program Funding

The MO-CPAP program is offered through the University of Missouri School of Medicine as a collaborative partnership among Behavioral Health Network (BHN), Assessment Resource Center (ARC), Missouri Telehealth Network (MTN), Behavioral Health Response (BHR), Washington University Pediatric and Adolescent Ambulatory Research Consortium (WU PAARC), and the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI-St. Louis), funded by Missouri Foundation for Health.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U4CMC32326, Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program, total award amount $2,125,000, 17.35% financed with non- governmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


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