Colorado Psychiatric Access and Consultation for Kids (C-PACK) is an innovative program addressing many of the challenges faced by primary care providers, families and patients, and behavioral health clinicians in finding the right treatment for behavioral health conditions in children and adolescents. C-PACK 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 pediatric prescribers meet children’s 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. Primary care providers – more often than mental health practitioners – are the first to see children or adolescents for behavioral health issues.