Project TEACH services are delivered in every region of New York State. See the regional map to locate the Project TEACH team in your county.
There are two easy ways to get started with Project TEACH. Enroll your practice either by filling out the enrollment form on this website or by calling the regional Project TEACH team in your area directly. You can find Regional Team information here
All pediatric primary care providers (PCPs) in New York State are eligible to receive Project TEACH services. This includes pediatricians, family physicians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and other prescribers. Additionally, other mental health professionals who provide ongoing treatment to children, such as child and adolescent psychiatrists, general psychiatrists, and psychiatric nurse practitioners, may request a second opinion through consultations.
Project TEACH is available at no cost to all New York State PCPs who treat children, adolescents, and young adults. This program is currently funded through the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH).
Any New York State PCP may call for a consultation with a Project TEACH child and adolescent psychiatrist, regardless of the type of insurance that the patient has. When a face-to-face consultation is provided, families with insurance may be billed for the face-to-face consultation.
PCPs can ask questions about any case involving children and adolescents up to age 21. Questions can be specific to a particular patient; diagnosis and treatment for a specific mental health disorder; use of a particular medication or other treatment strategy; or general questions about topics in child psychiatry and/or behavioral health. Project TEACH Liaison Coordinators can assist in identifying appropriate specialty referral resources and linkages for patients and families. Project TEACH does not provide crisis services or evaluations for emergencies, but can refer severe or urgent cases to appropriate emergency services.
If a Project TEACH child and adolescent psychiatrist is not available when you call, you will receive a call back within 4 hours. Project TEACH phone lines are staffed Monday through Friday. Hours vary in each region. Find more information about call times in the region where your county is located.
This information will be helpful to have when you call:
No, Project TEACH currently only supports PCPs. Parents who are concerned about the mental health of their children should encourage their primary care providers to contact Project TEACH for a consultation.
The following scenarios may result from a telephone consultation through Project TEACH. The child and adolescent psychiatrist may:
Yes! A primary function of Project TEACH is to help find appropriate and accessible community mental health referrals and linkages for patients and families. Project TEACH child and adolescent psychiatrists will also provide appropriate support when there are long wait times for community referrals.
Project TEACH child and adolescent psychiatrists provide a written summary within 48 hours following face-to-face evaluations. A written summary is not provided following phone consultations.
Project TEACH offers education in a variety of formats from basic online sessions to live, multi-day intensive trainings. Educational opportunities include training on core topics of ADHD, aggression, anxiety, and depression. This training is free to any New York State PCP. See a list of educational opportunities here.
Find contact information for any questions concerning Project TEACH on the Project TEACH website.