Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program (PMHCA): Improving Behavioral Health Services



Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)


Provides tele-consultation, training, technical assistance, and care coordination using telehealth to help providers integrate behavioral healthcare services into pediatric primary care. Supports the use of telehealth and other technologies to improve the ability of providers to diagnose, treat, and refer children with mental health conditions. Seeks to increase access to treatment and referral services for children and adolescents with behavioral health conditions in rural and underserved areas.

What This Program Offers

The PMHCA program works to:

  • Increase the availability and accessibility of statewide or regional networks of pediatric mental health teams to primary care providers for teleconsultation
  • Provide online or virtual education and training sessions to primary care providers for the early identification, diagnosis, and treatment of behavioral health conditions
  • Share information and provide assistance to pediatric providers in accessing pediatric behavioral clinicians
  • Improve access to assessment, treatment, and referral services for children and adolescents with identified behavioral health conditions using telehealth, including those living in rural and underserved areas

Who Can Receive Services from This Program

Pediatric primary care providers are eligible to participate in this program.

Geographic Coverage

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Republic of Palau, U.S. Virgin Islands, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming


Contact the PMHCA program in your area for information about program services.

Topics This Program Addresses

Healthcare Workforce • Mental Health • Parents, Families, and Children • Teleservices and Technology • Youth