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DMHSAS Info Memo 2010-01, Clinical Consultation

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Department of Health Services
Division of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services

DMHSAS Info Memo Series 2010-01

Date: February 19, 2010

Index Title: Clinical Consultation

To: Listserv

For: Directors, Departments of Human Services
Directors, Departments of Community Programs
Mental Health Coordinators
Area Administrators and Assistant Area Administrators
Coordinators, Integrated Service Programs
Tribal Chairpersons
Division of Quality Assurance
Juvenile Justice, Department of Corrections
Department of Children and Family Services
Comprehensive Community Services Coordinators

From: John Easterday, Ph.D, Administrator

Subject: Psychiatric Consultation

Document Summary:

The Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is pleased to announce an opportunity to provide psychiatric case consultation in areas where resources are limited. The aim of this initiative is to increase access to experts in field of mental health. Consultation would be provided to counties and tribes for high need cases where multiple approaches have been tried.

TThis consultation targets professionals working with complex cases, such as those involving physical danger, seclusion and restraint, or persons in or at risk for more restrictive settings. Although this will not address emergency situations where there is a need for immediate response, it is an opportunity for physicians to get a second opinion from psychiatrists who have expertise in specialty areas. These areas include: psychopharmacology, co-occurring mental health and medical disorders, ethical issues, children’s mental health, behavioral issues for children, co-occurring mental health and developmental disabilities and genetic/metabolic syndromes. Although there will be a focus on children, adolescents, and young adults, every effort will be given to identify resources in additional areas of expertise as needed. Cases selected for consultation will require ongoing local physician involvement. Ideally, other professionals will be involved with the case as well.

Providers who have identified a case they feel meets these criteria can submit an application to be reviewed for selection into the program. We anticipate a high demand for these services and not all cases may be served. We will use the information in the applications to prioritize requests. In some instances on-site consultation will be available. Requests from treating physicians will be prioritized.

The application is DHS Form F-00198: Request for Clinical Case Consultation Application. (MS Word Fillable form, 110KB).

Please return the completed application electronically to Kay Cram at a href=" Consultation, memo 2010-01" title="Email Kay Cram">> . For questions, additional information, non-specific consultation, or to discuss appropriateness of a case please contact Kay Cram.

Regional Office Contact: Area Administrators

Kay Cram, MS, LPC Bureau of Prevention Treatment and Recovery
1 W. Wilson Street, Room 951
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-261-6743

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