Child Psychiatry Phone/Email Consult Service Underused: Help Us Understand Why?

For the past year, child psychiatry clinicians at the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families (VCCYF) have been assigned to primary care practices across the state to be available for questions made through phone or email (or this blog).  The program is supported by the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) and comes at no cost to the primary care practices.Consult program

Many practices have signed up.  However, the number of questions submitted have remained small.  This past quarter, only 19 questions were submitted from 12 primary care clinicians (with only 5 from the previous quarter).  At the same time, the number of requests for in-person consultation has remained relatively constant, reflecting continued need for child psychiatry services.

Those  of us at VCHIP and the VCCYF would like to understand why the service is underutilized in order to try and make any improvements.  Please help us if you are a primary care clinician in Vermont by completing this ONE QUESTION survey by clicking here.

If you would like to enroll of find out more about this program, please contact our project coordinator Eliza Pillard at

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