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CPAN & TCHATT at Dell Med

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The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences administers two statewide initiatives to improve access to child and adolescent mental health services in Central Texas on behalf of the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium: the Child Psychiatry Access Network and Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine program. These programs were initiated through Senate Bill 11, which aims to promote school safety and mental health care across Texas.

Dell Medical School manages CPAN and TCHATT in Central Texas in collaboration with Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas and Ascension Connect.

Child Psychiatry Access Network

Dell Med is part of CPAN, a network of access centers providing child and adolescent behavioral health consultation services and training opportunities for pediatricians and primary care providers. The Dell Med CPAN hub offers consultations to primary care providers serving children who live in 13 Central Texas counties: Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Coryell, Fayette, Hamilton, Hays, Lampasas, Lee, Mills, Travis and Williamson.

Registered primary care providers may call the CPAN hotline at 1-888-901-CPAN to consult with a pediatric psychiatrist or psychologist within 30 minutes of their call. Primary care providers may ask about mental health assessment, symptoms and psychiatric medications and gain referrals for mental health providers in the community to share with their patients and families.

For more information about Dell Med’s CPAN hub, email the CPAN team or call 512-827-9721.

Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine

Dell Med, in collaboration with Dell Children’s Medical Center, provides telepsychology and telepsychiatry services to children and adolescents in Texas schools through the TCHATT program. Dell Med TCHATT works with school staff members to identify and assess behavioral health needs of students, prioritizing the needs and care of at-risk children and adolescents who lack access to mental health care services in their communities.

Children and adolescents in participating school districts may receive up to four free tele-sessions with mental health professionals. Dell Med TCHATT also assists with coordination of follow-up care for students who need ongoing mental health services.

For more information, email the TCHATT team or call 512-843-3007.