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?


We are actively implementing VMAP across the state now! Pilot primary care providers are using VMAP with plans to roll out VMAP to more providers by fall of 2019. VMAP will need to be fully funded to have complete coverage of the state five days a week, so we would love your support and advocacy to make this happen!




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?


Yes! In order to fully implement VMAP statewide, we need additional funding. We rely on private and public foundation grants, federal and state funding, and individual donations of time and money. If you believe that we need to improve mental health care for children and adolescents, VMAP is a program with significant returns on investment. One regional team of a psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker, and care navigator can support over 250 primary care providers, reaching nearly 400,000 kids! With five teams covering the region of the state, all children in Virginia can be cared for with VMAP.




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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