Psych TLC

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.

Psych TLC has two major assistance functions:

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 AccreditationThe University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Office of Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The UAMS Office of Continuing Education 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.

Two training dates for pediatric primary care providers are scheduled, both in Little Rock:

Friday Jan. 20, 2017, noon – 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, March 24, noon – 5 p.m., Saturday, March 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 26, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A third training date in Little Rock has been added in February for family practice providers:

Friday, Feb. 10, noon – 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 12, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We also anticipate additional educational training in the spring for family practice residents and onsite faculty at Area Health Education Centers (AHECs):  Location(s) and date(s) TBD.

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.