a component program of
Project TEACH

The Program

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 are we doing about it?  Project TEACH is the New York State’s Office of Mental Health’s response to better meet the public health needs of its children and families by extending child psychiatric expertise to educate and provide consultation support to pediatric prescribers across New York state.  The primary aim is to bolster primary care physicians’ ability to assess and manage children and adolescents (to age 21) with mild to moderate mental health problems. CAP PC is one of two component programs of Project TEACH, and covers over 80% of the state (upstate, New York city, and Long island).  The CAPES program covers the eastern part of the state (capesprogram.org).  CAP PC was conceived with input from District II of American Academy of Pediatrics, the New York state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors, and the REACH Institute. CAP PC is a collaboration between the Departments of Psychiatry at the University at Buffalo, University of Rochester, Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute, SUNY Upstate, and Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. To meet its goals the program provides the following services to PCPs and other prescribers in Regions 1 and 3 of New York state:

Consultation and Support

One million children in New York state with mental health needs. CAP PC is the response to better meet the public health need of its children and families


Educational Programs

CAP PC offers several CME educational programs at no cost to PCPs. In the past these have included webinars, evening programs, and core trainings.  These continue to evolve so check our website for this year’s programs.  Core trainings are 5-hour programs available on site at your practice and cover assessment and management of essential problems of child mental health.  CAP PC has also partnered with the REACH Institute to provide primary care physicians in New York State with a premier education program, the Mini Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. This is a 28-hour CME training program developed by the REACH Institute in recognizing, assessing, and managing mild-moderate mental health problems in children and adolescents. This intensive training was developed by Peter Jensen, M.D. and a group of internationally renowned medical teachers. The program is at no cost to participating PCPs and consists of a three-day dynamic workshop, involving interactive learning methods. The program also includes twice monthly case-based phone conferences for 6 months.

For more information please visit www.thereachinstitute.org or email us at Bhatia@buffalo.edu

In Partnership with

The REACH Institute
The American Academy of Pediatrics
New York State Academy of Family Physicians