Psych TLC has two major assistance functions: Through funding from the Arkansas Department of Human Services, and support from the Psychiatric Research Institute of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the Psych TLC (Psychiatric Telehealth, Liaison, and Consultation) program is now offering Arkansas’ primary care providers (PCPs – pediatricians, family physicians, advanced practice nurses, physicians’ assistants) several new programs, jointly designed to give you the essential support and training you need to be effective “first responders” for the children and adolescents in primary care practices who have mental health needs.

Same-day case consultation and support: A licensed mental health professional (MHP) and a child and adolescent psychiatrist (CAP) are available via telephone to provide consultation and support to primary care practitioners from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for official holidays. If you have a child or teen in your practice who is experiencing behavioral or emotional difficulties, and you uncertain how to help them, please call us! That is why we are here.

To arrange a time to talk, simply call (844) 547-5688 or (501) 320-7270 to contact the Psych TLC Call Center. One of our expert MHPs will obtain basic information from your about the child and/or your referral needs. Or, if you need diagnostic or treatment advice about a specific child, the MHP will schedule a convenient time for a child and adolescent psychiatrist to call you back, usually within 15 minutes to one hour.

Hands-on coaching and training: This “Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (PPP) Program” workshop is funded by a grant from The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS), and supported by DHS; UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute; and, Arkansas Children’s Hospital. It will be delivered by Arkansas’ own expert pediatricians and child psychiatrists, and is available at no cost to all Arkansas PCPs. Training slots are limited, and it is “first come, first served.” The training begins with an intensive hands-on, skills-focused 3 day practicum, followed by 12 weekly 1-hour small group conference calls where practitioners take turns presenting their own challenging cases. These 12 calls are scheduled at convenient times for busy practitioners — in the early morning, at lunch time, or at the end of the day.

CME Accreditation

In support of improving patient care, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 28.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Credits available as follows: Live on-site three-day training 16.25; 1 hour group conference calls totaling 12.

Recent 3-Day Mini-Fellowship Trainings:

January 20-22, 2017 : Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (PPP) Program

February 10-12, 2017 : Adult Behavioral Health in Primary Care

March 24-26, 2017 : Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (PPP) Program

October 13-15, 2017: Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (PPP) Program

Additional educational training:

UAMS Regional Program – May 4, 2017 Northwest, AR
ACH Residency Program – May, 11 2017 Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, AR
UAMS Regional Program – June 13, 2017 Fort Smith, AR

Note: UAMS Regional Programs were formerly known as Area Health Education Centers (AHECs).

Anticipate Future Training Opportunities Fall, 2017 – Spring, 2018 (Dates TBD):

Three separate 3-Day Mini-Fellowships: Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (PPP) Program.

Two separate 3-Day Mini-Fellowships: Enhancing Knowledge and Clinical Skills For Adult Behavioral Health in Primary Care.

Three half-day Residency Training activities at UAMS Regional Programs & One half-day Residency Training at ACH.

Three separate 1-Day trainings for Mental Health Professionals (MHPs): Integration of Behavioral Health into Primary Care.

Please contact Peter S. Jensen, M.D., at psjensen@uams.edu to enroll, or call the Psych TLC hotline above and we will reserve a slot for you.