About Us

The Pediatric Psychiatry Network is a technologically supported system of consultation, communication, quality improvement, and direct services designed to both increase access to child psychiatry consultation and triage for patient-centered medical homes, primary care, and community mental health provider organizations; and to break down barriers to integrated care through system-linking technology used by a coordinated and competent decision support network.

The youth of Ohio are fortunate to be served by excellent children’s hospitals, in addition to an array of pediatricians, internists, family physicians, and general psychiatrists who have some experience in treating children with psychiatric illness. Together with primary care physicians, advocates and others, the Pediatric Psychiatry Network team has advanced a plan for providing a statewide network of expert consultation by child and adolescent psychiatrists and other mental health professionals.

The Pediatric Psychiatry Network team has advanced a plan for providing a statewide network of expert consultation by child and adolescent psychiatrists and other mental health professionals.

This decision support provides the following timely and secure components to improve identification, triage, linkage, access and stepped collaborative care (i.e., detection, medication management, monitoring for safety and side-effects, access to quality psychotherapy, and other evidence-based assessment/treatment guidelines) for Ohio youth:
  1. Diagnostic support;
  2. Management of symptoms for a variety of chronic disorders, and including medication management, care-coordination and referral needs; for example major depression, a chronic and crippling disease, with suicide and suicide attempts as significant measurable outcomes;
  3. Web reference connection/linkage for materials, primary physician toolkit, best practice treatment guidelines, and family psychoeducational materials;
  4. Opportunities for partners to collaborate, to provide education and raise public awareness regarding mental health topics related to children and youth, including early detection of psychotic symptoms, depression, suicidality, bipolar, and proactive positive intervention;
  5. Quality improvement processes through case consultation, training, and outcomes measurement, with data gathered locally and shared and analyzed centrally;
  6. Development of common standards of care and protocols to be used by all of the members.