A Boost for Behavioral Health: New State Programs

Tex Med. 2020 May 1;116(5):43-45.


The Child Psychiatric Access Network (CPAN) plans to start operations in May, giving pediatricians and family physicians across Texas free telemedicine-based consultation and training on community psychiatry. CPAN is a key part of a much larger mental health initiative created by the 2019 Texas Legislature called the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium. Aside from CPAN, the consortium also will help public schools respond to mental health needs among students; expand the psychiatric workforce by paying for psychiatric positions and fellowships; and provide money for research on mental health in Texas.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Health Services Accessibility* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Humans
  • Intersectoral Collaboration
  • Mental Health / statistics & numerical data*
  • Mental Health Services*
  • Pediatrics
  • Primary Health Care
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Texas