dc-mapThe DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (in which DC AAP is a partner) is excited to announce a new initiative in the District – DC MAP (Mental Health Access in Pediatrics) – a child mental health access program similar to highly successful programs in 30 other states. The DC MAP team, which is staffed jointly by Children’s National Health System and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital mental health providers (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, care coordinator), will provide the following FREE services to all pediatric practices in the District:

  • Live telephone consultation with child mental health experts (within 30 minutes). Providers can contact DC MAP Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm at 1-844-DC MAP (1-844-303-2627). Please note this is a provider-to-provider consultation service and not a crisis line and not intended to be used by families.
  • Community resource referrals and face to face consultations as clinically indicated by the DC MAP team.
  • Mental health training and support for pediatric practices.
  • Mental health resource guide

With funding from the DC Department of Behavioral Health, we have been piloting the program with a small number of practices since May 2015 and are launching District-wide on September 8th, 2015.

The DC MAP Project team is interested in coming to your practice to provide a brief overview of DC MAP, answer questions from staff, and enroll your practice and providers in this free of charge.  If interested, please email the DC MAP Care Coordinator, Shakea Gordon, at shgordon@childrensnational.org, or the DC MAP Project Coordinator, Leandra Godoy at lgodoy@childrensnational.org.  Also, please click here to read the first edition of the DC MAP Newsletter!  Included in the newsletter and highlighted below is information about an upcoming kick-off DC MAP educational webinar

  • Thursday September 24th; 12:15-1:00pm
  • Initial Evaluation for ADHD in the Primary Care Setting
  • Presented by Dr. Matthew Biel, Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • To register, please contact Shakea Gordon, at shgordon@childrensnational.org