To alleviate the shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists in Florida treating children/adolescents with serious emotional disturbances (SED), the goal of this project is to implement pediatric telepsychiatry capacity for children/adolescent insured within the Florida Children Medical Services (CMS) between the ages of 0 and 21 years old and residing in areas between Orlando and Fort Myers. The Florida Medicaid Drug Therapy Management Program for Behavioral Health (MDTMP) will contract with the National Center for Performance Health (NCPH) to coordinate the necessary activities to ensure the smooth implementation and daily ongoing operations of the telepsychiatry services during the project period.

The MDTMP identified a pediatric psychiatry faculty network and contracted with two academic centers to provide telepsychiatry and teletherapy consults: 1.The University of South Florida, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience in Tampa, and 2. University of South Florida, Rothman Center for Developmental Psychiatry in St. Petersburg.

National Center for Performance Health has the expertise to implement the coordination activities necessary to operationalize a telepsychiatry project involving the two psychiatry offices at USF Health. The telepsychiatry program is available to all pediatricians and primary care providers located between Orlando and Fort Myers who have identified a need for either or both a telepsychiatry or teletherapy consult for their patients with behavioral needs.

For more information on how to schedule a teletherapy consult with eCARE4KDS Partners in Telepsychiatry, review the program flyer here.

Rahul N. Mehra, M.D.
CEO and Chief Physician
National Center for Performance Health