DC MAP was launched in the District in 2015 (piloted in May 2015, launched city-wide in September 2015) following several years of planning by stakeholders. Key to planning efforts has been the DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (DC Collaborative), a public-private partnership that includes Children’s National Health System, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, the Children’s Law Center, the DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the DC Departments of Health, Behavioral Health and Health Care Finance, as well as a community advisory board with representation from more than 25 child-serving organizations, parents and community groups.
DC MAP is modeled after a highly successful program started in Massachusetts (Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program) and it joins a long list of other access programs across the country that are part of the National Network of Child Psychiatry Access Programs. These programs offer pediatric primary care providers with increased access to child mental health experts and have led to significant improvements in providers feeling better able to address their patient’s mental health issues. We are excited to bring a child mental health access program to the District!