Colorado Psychiatric Access and Consultation (C-PAC) is an innovative program addressing many of the challenges faced by primary medical care providers, families and patients, and behavioral health clinicians in finding the right treatment for behavioral health conditions. C-PAC uses an integrative approach to offer a system of behavioral health consultation, training, clinic visits, a network of behavioral health clinicians, and care coordination to help prescribers meet integrated healthcare needs, regardless of payer source.
The estimated number of Colorado children with a diagnosable mental health condition ranges from 177,000 (13%) to 273,000 (20%). Of these, over 80,000 have a serious emotional disturbance. With a statewide shortage of child psychiatrists, Colorado faces challenges treating this vulnerable population. One in 5 Coloradans over the age of 18 experienced a diagnosable mental health condition in 2015. Primary care medical providers – more often than mental health practitioners – are the first to see patients for behavioral health issues.