QUESTIONS ABOUT VMAP?

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FAQs

What is VMAP?


Virginia Mental Health Access Program is a statewide program designed to expand the mental health workforce by helping primary care providers screening, diagnose, and manage children and adolescent with mental health conditions. When fully implemented, it has 4 main components: 1. Education for PCPs on screening, diagnosis, management and treatment (primarily through REACH, Project ECHO, and QI Screening Projects).* 2. PCP telephonic/video consults with regional VMAP teams comprised of child and adolescent psychiatrists and (eventually) psychologists and/or social workers.* 3. Telehealth visits with psychiatrist and/or psychologists for families who require additional support. 4. Care Navigation to help identify additional regional mental health resources that may benefit families. At this time, components marked with a star (*) are in the pilot stage. Additional components will be added as funding and capacity allows.




How can I participate in the VMAP provider network as a mental health provider?


We would love to have you be a part of our VMAP Network! Our Care Navigators will refer families to mental health providers in their communities based on location, specialty, participation with the patient's insurance, and availabilty. To join our nework, please go to our Mental Health Providers page and submit your information.




I am a primary care provider - how can I join an educational session?


Throughout the state, we have REACH, Project ECHO, and QI trainings occurring all year long. To find out when and where sessions are happening, go to the Virginia Chapter of the AAP website.




I am a primary care provider - how do I use the VMAP consult line?


To register to use VMAP (phone consults to child psychiatrists, psychiatrists, care navigators), please go to the Primary Care Providers page on our website.




When will VMAP be available in my region?


PCPs practicing anywhere in Virginia currently have access to VMAP's statewide consult line where child and adolescent adolescent psychiatrists (CAPs) are available 40 hours a week for consultation. VMAP also offers pediatric mental health training and education to PCPs state-wide. Access to regional services is currently available in VMAP's northern and eastern regions. This includes a regional CAP and additional behavioral health providers (LCSW/psychologists) to assist with consultations, as well as care navigation services. VMAP is actively working to expand these regional services to the rest of the state in 2021.




Can families use VMAP?


Yes, families will benefit from VMAP if their primary care provider uses it. Please talk to your primary care provider about registering on our website or contacting us for more information.




Are you looking for more funding?


VMAP is funded by state and federal funding, private and public foundation grants , and individual donations of time and money. In 2020, The Virginia General Assembly included funds to expand VMAP services within the state budget. Although this funding is critical to expand and increase VMAP’s services for PCPs throughout the state, VMAP is always seeking additional funding to help support its mission to continue to increase and improve access to pediatric mental health services in Virginia.




What age group does VMAP serve?


Child, adolescents, and young adults through age 21 (up to the 22nd birthday) can be served by VMAP.




Does VMAP offer a crisis line or service?


No. VMAP is not a crisis service and the consult line does require PCP registration. VMAP is not intended as a replacement for mental health services that need ongoing management by a psychiatrist (i.e., emergency or complex cases).





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