The Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium was developed by the Texas Legislature to improve the mental health care available to children and adolescents in Texas and improve the mental health system. The Consortium is a collaboration among the state’s health-related institutes of higher education and staffed by the University of Texas System, through a contract with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The Texas Child Mental Health Consortium is focused on five key initiatives:
- The Child Psychiatry Access Network (CPAN) provides telehealth-based consultation and training to primary care providers.
- The Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine (TCHATT) program provides in-school behavioral telehealth care to at-risk children and adolescents.
- The Community Psychiatry Workforce Expansion (CPWE) funds full-time academic psychiatrists as academic medical directors and new psychiatric resident rotation positions at facilities operated by community mental health providers.
- The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Fellowships program expands both the number of child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship positions in Texas and the number of these training programs at Texas HRIs.
- The research initiative has created two state-wide networks to study and improve the delivery of child and adolescent mental health services in Texas.