Over the last year, we performed a pediatric IBH landscape analysis in order to understand the mental health needs of Montana’s children, as well as current avenues of support.
From this work we identified several gaps in care due to a variety of factors including behavioral health provider scarcity, geographic barriers and challenges due to funding structures.
We’ve built an integrated behavioral health model to address these barriers using a multi-pronged approach with our team of pediatric therapists, pediatricians specializing in mental health, and pediatric psychiatric providers.
First, we provide quality, brief targeted therapy and medication management via telehealth.
Second, we offer primary care physicians the opportunity to consult with our pediatricians and pediatric mental health specialists in order to enhance the care completed in PCP offices.
What makes us different from other programs is that we have frequent communication with our rural PCPs, ensuring continuity of care. In addition, we provide virtual services, minimizing barriers to care associated with geographic challenges and allowing Montana Pediatrics to serve multiple communities simultaneously.
Finally, we are an agile team with the ability to see patients within a week of referral, which is a fraction of current wait times that range from 3 to 12 months.