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Psychiatric Consultation and Care Coordination

As part of the Kansas Connecting Communities initiative, a Provider Consultation Line for Perinatal Behavioral Health has been established to give providers access to Psychiatric Consultations and Care Coordination Support.

The Provider Consultation Line is a free resource for Kansas physicians, home visitors, midwives and other providers working with pregnant and postpartum clients. Consultation Line staff have expertise in perinatal mental health and substance use, including psychiatric prescribing. Complete this form or call 833-765-2004 to schedule a psychiatric consultation or get answers to questions related to perinatal behavioral health screening and intervention best practices, including referral assistance. For additional information see the FAQs below:

FAQ

Q: How does the Perinatal Provider Consultation Line work?

A: Health care and social service providers can call (or use the web form) the Perinatal Provider Consultation Line, toll free at (833) 765-2004, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. Your call will be answered by a Social Worker, with training in perinatal mental health and substance use assessment and Care Coordination, who will gather information to assess your clients' needs and help determine the best next steps. This could include a same-day or scheduled tele-consultation with a clinical psychiatrist, assistance making a referral for an in-person evaluation with a mental health or substance use specialist, or support identifying other case-dependent resources.

Q: What supports & services are available through the line?

A: Resource and Referral Assistance (LMSW, LAC/LMAC)

  • Support identifying and referring to mental health or substance use assessment for perinatal clients following positive behavioral health screening
  • Answer questions and best practice recommendations related to perinatal behavioral health identification and intervention
  • Support scheduling Provider Consultation with clinical psychiatrist to support treatment recommendations

A: Provider Consultation with our Advanced Practice Psychiatry team may be available same day or scheduled to discuss diagnostic support, treatment planning, and medication and dosage recommendations. Scheduling information will be taken by the Resource and Referral Specialist to best meet your needs.

A: Continuing education (KCC Support Staff, KU-CPPR)

  • Training & TA supporting perinatal screening, assessment, and referrals to treatment
  • IRIS introduction or onboarding support
  • Integrate telehealth into clinical setting (infrastructure & direct services)

Q: What to expect when I call (or email)?

A: Calls (and emails) will either be immediately addressed, or voicemails will be returned within 24-hours or the next business day. The Resource and Referral Specialist will gather information to support your inquiry including caller/provider details, patient's perinatal status, patient's screening results (if applicable), and primary reason for call. No patient Protected Health Information (PHI) or Personally Identifiable Information (PII) will be collected. With this information, the Resource and Referral Specialist will coordinate appropriate next steps to best meet you and your patient's needs.

Q: Who staffs this Perinatal Provider Consultation Line?

A: The Perinatal Provider Consultation Line is staffed by a variety of clinicians with training and expertise in perinatal mental health and substance use assessment and treatment. Calls are answered by a Licensed Masters Social Worker/Addictions Counselor and Psychiatric Consultations are supported by a team of behavioral health professionals including a Psychiatric MD and 2 APRNs. Staff bios coming soon!

Q: How can I get connected to the Perinatal Provider Consultation Line?

A: Complete this form or call 833-765-2004 to schedule a psychiatric consultation or get answers to questions related to perinatal behavioral health screening and intervention best practices, including referral assistance.