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Have you ever wondered how to better care for the behavioral health concerns of the patients in your busy practice?

Did you know that as of July 1, 2013, the District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance 5-year contracts with the DC Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCO’s) state that the “{MCO} shall require annual Mental Health & Substance Abuse screenings by the enrollee’s PCP…”?

You can get help here! In partnership with the Children’s National Health Network, the DC Partnership to Improve Children’s Health Care Quality (DC PICHQ), the DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the DC Department of Behavioral Health and the DC Department of Health Care Finance, the DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care is pleased to offer a Quality Improvement MOC Learning Collaborative to Improve Mental Health Screening in Pediatric Practice.

Some benefits for DC based provider practices include:

  • Free Mental Health Screening Resources
  • Access to Quality Improvement coaching and on-site support from mental health practice coaches
  • Access to pediatric mental health resources, including an easy to use resource guide
  • ABP MOC QI project approval
  • Up to 30 hours of CME credit

Speakers will include experts from Georgetown University, Children’s National Medical Center and government agencies. Participation is free to pediatric providers.

For more details, please see the flyers – Quality Improvement MOC Learning and DC MH LC – Recruitment Flyer

To enroll online, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MH_app

For questions, please contact Leandra Godoy or Tamara John. Please feel free to share widely with your colleagues.


The DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care aims to improve the integration of mental health in pediatric primary care for children in the District of Columbia. We have a strong commitment to addressing the mental health needs of diverse children and their families through culturally competent, family-focused initiatives. Furthermore, we acknowledge that the unmet mental health needs of young children, especially those who have not yet entered school, are great. Thus, although we aim to address the mental health needs of all children and youths, we are particularly focused on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Members include Children’s Law Center, Children’s National Health System, DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, DC Department of Behavioral Health, DC Department of Health, DC Department of Health Care Finance, and Georgetown University.