MTAAP is launching registration for the REACH Institute’s Patient Centered Mental Health in Primary Care program (Montana REACH program). This is a free program sponsored by BCBS and MAPP-Net and MTAAP can enroll up to 45 participants. The 2.5 day program will take place at a time to be announced in 2023. Additional information about the program can be found here.

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The Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care Program: Key Facts

The Resource for Advancing Children’s Health (REACH) Institute is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded by Peter Jensen, MD in 2006 to ensure that the most effective, scientifically proven mental health care reaches all children and families. Through our Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (PPP) Program, we have transformed the practices of over 4,000 primary care clinicians (PCCs), enabling them to deliver timely and effective primary care-based mental health services to children and families.

Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (PPP) Program Description

  1. The program has two components: (1) a 16.25-hour interactive course focused on building skills and confidence in treating pediatric behavioral health problems, and (2) a 6-month, case-based learning program during which small groups of PCCs meet with PPP faculty twice a month for 1-hour video conference calls to discuss challenging cases and apply the skills they learned in the course.
  2. Participants can earn up to a total of 28.25 CME credits for both program components.
  3. Delivered virtually, through Zoom, or in-person (when it is safe to do so) for groups of 25-50 participants.
  4. Each course is delivered by a multidisciplinary faculty team composed of 2-3 primary care clinicians (or developmental-behavioral pediatricians) and 1-2 child and adolescent psychiatrists (CAPs).
  5. Based on basic behavior change science principles and as a result, demonstrates greater impact on practice change and PCC effectiveness than either more “typical” CMEs or ad hoc phone consultation programs (see references in full brochure here).

Additional information can be found on the REACH Institute website and a registration link is below.

Several MTAAP members have already participated in this program, but this is the first time it will be available to MTAAP members free of charge. See testimonials from MTAAP members below:

“REACH offered a safe environment to learn and share in. It was, and continues to be, a supportive, invigorating. process! It was motivating and has increased my. confidence in assessment, diagnosis of mental health cases in my day to day life and practice.”
~MTAAP Member Dayna Leavens-Thergesen, CPNP, MSN

“I liked the program interactive components with other professionals and the realistic patient/parent/provider scenarios. The concepts I learned at the REACH Conference I use every day to help families in my practice”
~Lynne Foss, CPNP-PC, PHMS, Belgrade, MT

Program registration will be limited on a first come first served basis and applicants must be either a pediatrician, a pediatric advanced provider, a pediatric hospitalist, a family physician or family physician advanced provider. MTAAP has secured funding for up to 45 participants. A waitlist will be started for 2023 if the enrollment exceeds 45 individuals. Please indicate interest in attending the training so we can plan program size, spacing and potential future trainings accordingly.