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Project TEACH

Founded in 2010, Project TEACH’s mission is to strengthen and support the ability of New York State Pediatric Primary Care Providers (PCPs) and maternal health providers to deliver care to children and families experiencing mild-to-moderate health concerns. Project TEACH is fully funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health.
All Project TEACH services are provided at no cost to New York State PCPs and maternal health providers. Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy has served as the Statewide Coordination Center for Project TEACH since 2015.

About the Statewide Coordination Center

Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy was appointed by the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) as the Statewide Coordination Center (SCC) in 2015. The SCC is responsible for oversight of Project TEACH, and directs how Project TEACH operates, grows, and serves as a resource for evidence-based best practices to advance mental health for children, adolescents and young adults.

The SCC reviews and reports on program performance, coordinates and works to expand Project TEACH services, and evaluates Project TEACH services to ensure that the program is best serving the needs of New York State PCPs and maternal mental health providers. Since its appointment as the SCC, Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy has brought its extensive educational and clinical expertise to Project TEACH and the New York State children and families that Project TEACH serves.

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Project TEACH Service/Mental Health Concerns— Ages 0 to 22

  • Telephone Consultations— Project TEACH allows PCPs to speak on the phone with Project TEACH child and adolescent psychiatrists to ask questions, discuss cases, and review treatment options— whatever PCPs need to support their ability to best manage their patients. Project TEACH warm lines are available for consultations five days a week, Mondays through Fridays, by calling the Project TEACH warm lines.
  • Face-to-Face Consultations— PCPscan also request face-to-face consultations with Project TEACH child and adolescent psychiatrists for the children and families in their practices. Face-to-face consultations are available in person or remotely by using telehealth.
  • Linkages and Referrals— Linkage and referral services help PCPs and families access community mental health and support services, including community clinics, care management, and family and peer support. PCPs can find appropriate, accessible, and localized services that children and families need by using the Project TEACH warm lines.
  • Education— Live training is available on topics relevant to mental health. Core trainings are led by the Project TEACH Regional Provider teams on site atPCP practices or at a nearby locations. Intensive trainings offer more in-depth programs. Online CME accredited courses on topics relevant to mental health are also available. three
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Project TEACH/Maternal Mental Health Initiative

  • Telephone Consultations: Maternal health providers, including OBGYNs, pediatricians, family doctors, general psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners, can speak directly to expert psychiatrists in maternal mental health using an open conference line available twice weekly. Providers can schedule in advance a ten-minute window to call in to present cases, ask questions, and get responses. Providers may also submit non-urgent emails to the same team of expert psychiatrists in maternal mental health, who will respond to all questions within two business days.
  • Linkages and Referrals: Maternal health providers can find appropriate, accessible, and localized community care using the Project TEACH warm lines open five days a week, Mondays through Fridays.
  • Education: Webinars and other resources relevant to maternal mental health are available on the Project TEACH website. Learn More
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Project TEACH Website Resources

The Project TEACH website provides educational opportunities and resources, including Rating Scales; Prevention Science/Early Intervention information and resources; Parent and Family Resources; and Newsletters on trending mental health issues.