Why Join the NJPPC?
The NJPPC provides pediatricians, sub-specialists, and pediatric clinicians with timely access to psychiatric consultation and facilitates patient referrals for continued mental health care.
What are the Requirements for NJPPC Membership?
In order to participate in your designated NJPPC Hub, pediatric clinicians must register and agree to the following:
Complete NJPPC registration form and attend a brief mandatory orientation (virtual) with NJPPC staff
Conduct universal mental health and substance use screening at child and adolescent well visits using standardized screening tools
Work collaboratively with your regional NJPPC team to address your patient’s mental health needs
Upon registration in the NJPPC, participants will receive a welcome email with information on getting started, including scheduling a mandatory orientation (virtual) with NJPPC and NJAAP staff. Following the orientation, participants will receive access to a member website with links to all of the tools and resources needed to begin implementing screening and referral to their regional Hub.
Why Should Pediatricians Participate in a Regional Hub?
The NJPPC Regional Hubs provide pediatricians, sub-specialists, and pediatric clinicians with timely access to psychiatric consultation, referral to community resources, and care coordination.
NJPPC Hub benefits include:
Timely Access to Psychiatry Consultation – for appropriate cases, the NJPPC Hub CAP may see a child/adolescent for a one-time psychiatric evaluation at no charge to the patient.
Consultative Support to assist you with diagnostic clarification, medication management, and care coordination by a team of mental health professionals, including a child/adolescent psychiatrist.
Care Coordination to support patient/family engagement with appropriate community mental health treatment services.
NJPPC Telepsychiatry Expansion
Since the onset of the telehealth enhancement awarded by Health Resources Services Administration [HRSA] in 2018, the Department of Health [DOH] has partnered with Hackensack Meridian Health to bring the telehealth expansion to all 9 HUBS across the state of New Jersey. To date a total of 31 practices, and 91 providers have been equipped with telehealth services. The expansion made it possible to provide tele equipment to provider offices, patients and families are able to have a telepsychiatry consult from the Hub child psychiatrist by going to their PCP’s office. NJPPC membership is required for telepsychiatry enhancement. Non-member providers must enroll in the NJPPC before they can access telepsychiatry services.
Virtual psychiatric consultations expand access to quality mental health care.
Guidance from Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists (CAP) for caring for your patient’s mental health care needs in real-time via timely telehealth consultations.
Patient/family-centered approach for improved patient/physician engagement, treatment planning & clinical outcomes.
Choices for your patients: accessible in pediatric offices or in the comfort of a patient’s own home.