One million children in New York state with mental health needs. A dearth of child psychiatrists statewide and almost none in rural areas. We all recognize these facts, yet what do we do about it? CAP PC is New York state's response to better meet the public health need of its children and families by bolstering primary care physicians' ability to assess and manage children and adolescents (to age 21) in their practices with mild to moderate mental health problems. CAP PC is funded by the New York state Office of Mental Health and was conceived with input from District II of American Academy of Pediatrics, the New York state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors. CAP PC is a collaboration between the Departments of Psychiatry at the University at Buffalo, University of Rochester, Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, SUNY Upstate, and North Shore/Long Island Jewish, along with the REACH Institute. To meet its goals the program provides the following services to all PCPs across New York state*:
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