In August, the WAFP wrote a letter to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) supporting their Maternal Child Health State Title V Program application for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) 2018 Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program funding. On October 23, DHS announced that the state will receive $445,000 in funding under the grant.
The grant will go towards expanding the Child Psychiatry Consultation Program (CPCP) to Adams, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Juneau, Jefferson, Richland, Rock, Sauk, and Vernon counties. As you know, the CPCP provides consultation and referral services to primary care providers working with children and adolescents with behavioral health concerns.
In our letter of support, WAFP President Steve Bartz, MD explained, “The HRSA grant funding would serve to strengthen and expand networks of teams throughout the state to provide much needed support, and further advance the necessary technology infrastructure to determine provider needs, improve communications and collect and evaluate qualitative and quantitative data.” With many of our members enrolled in the program, the WAFP has strongly supported the Child Psychiatry Consultation Program since its inception as a pilot program, including lobbying for its recent expansion.
With this grant, the CPCP will essentially be available in all areas of the state except the northwest quadrant. There are efforts under way by the Medical College of Wisconsin, with support from WAFP, to expand the program statewide in the 2019-21 biennial budget.