Virginia Mental Health Access Program (VMAP)

VMAP is a collaborative effort funded by state general fund dollars appropriated to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and is managed in the Office of Child and Family Services. It is also funded through federal grant dollars from the Health Resources and Services Administration managed at the Virginia Department of Health and local efforts.

VMAP seeks to strengthen the ability of primary care providers (PCPs) to manage mild to moderate behavioral health needs of their pediatric patients, enabling child and adolescent psychiatrists to manage more serious and complex conditions.

The program has three pillars:

  1.  Education opportunities for primary care providers on screening, diagnosis, management and treatment of pediatric mental health conditions including infant/early childhood mental health primarily through Resources for Advancing Children’s Health (REACH), Project ECHO and Quality Improvement (QI) Screening Projects.
  2.  Access via a consult line for primary care providers to regional hubs that offer mental health consultation and care navigation for patients 21 and under. Consult line is comprised of Child and Adolescent psychiatrists, Developmental Behavioral Psychiatrists, and/or licensed mental health providers.
  3. Care Navigation to help families and providers identify additional regional mental health resources that may benefit families.

For more information about the program, please visit the VMAP page here.

For links to mental health resources on the VMAP website, please visit here.

For the quarterly data dashboard, click here.