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Research findings show that mental health consultation can be successful for women with children under age 1, and may be particularly helpful in addressing the mental health needs of women and children of color. Research also shows that mental health consultation can increase a provider's ability to identify mental health needs, properly use screening tools, and identify trauma and adversity.
Louisiana has long been recognized for its innovations in piloting mental health consultation approaches that build the capacity of health care and other professional providers to address the mental health needs of children, youth, and families. See the timeline below to learn about these efforts.
- 1990’s: In partnership with Tulane University, mental health consultation was integrated into the Bureau of Family Health’s (BFH) Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program.
- 2013: With funding from SAMHSA, BFH implemented Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) and provided early childhood mental health consultation to primary care, early intervention, and childcare providers.
- 2018: BFH received a five-year grant from HRSA to develop and implement the Louisiana Mental Health Perinatal Partnership (LAMHPP), a program that builds the capacity of healthcare providers to address the mental health needs of pregnant and postpartum persons through the provision of mental health consultation, training, and resource and referral support services.
- 2021: BFH received another five-year grant from HRSA to implement a similar program for pediatric primary care providers which led to the development and launch of the Provider-to-Provider Consultation Line.
- 2023: BFH combined both the perinatal and pediatric programs under the umbrella of the Provider-to-Provider Consultation Line, creating one program and consultation line that serves both perinatal and pediatric providers.
The vision for PPCL is for all pregnant people, postpartum people, and children (ages 0-21) in Louisiana, especially those in rural and underserved areas, to have equitable access to comprehensive, integrated behavioral health services.
The goal of PPCL is to increase the capacity among primary care providers to screen, diagnose, treat, and refer pediatric patients (ages 0-21) and perinatal patients presenting with mental health concerns.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement
The Bureau of Family Health knows that there are laws, policies, and practices (systems) in the Us that make it harder for some people to live, learn, work, and play. We realize this means that not everyone has a fair chance at meeting their basic needs and achieving their dreams. Even if not intentional, these systems make it harder for people of color, people with disabilities, non-U.S. citizens, and people of a certain age, gender, income, education, religion, and sexual orientation to live their lives and reach their potential.
In the Bureau of Family Health, we are committed to understanding and changing unfair and unjust systems. We are also committed to understanding our similarities and differences so that we can better connect through our shared humanity. In doing so, we believe we can bring about change that will better the health of all. Louisiana can become a state where every person is valued and can reach their full potential.
To access the consultation line, please call (833) 721-2881, or If you have any questions about the PPCL program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of awards totaling $1,892,378 with 8% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.
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