The Wisconsin Child Psychiatry Consultation Program (CPCP)

Four wooden partially connected puzzles pieces on a tableThe Wisconsin Child Psychiatry Consultation Program (CPCP) provides consultation, education, and referral support to enrolled primary care providers caring for children and adolescents with behavioral health concerns.

The Wisconsin CPCP is similar to other national models designed to address child and adolescent psychiatry shortages, and is one piece of the puzzle in addressing the behavioral health needs of children and adolescents in Wisconsin. The Medical College of Wisconsin designed and developed the model with support from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Department of Health Services (DHS). The Wisconsin CPCP does not provide direct care to pediatric patients.

The Wisconsin CPCP model supports the behavioral health needs of children and families by providing:

  • Provider-to-provider consultation to answer questions and provide information about:
    • Screening and diagnosis.
    • Medication management.
    • Treatment recommendations for behavioral or other therapy.
  • Referral support for providers to assist their pediatric patients and their families with referrals to other mental health professionals and community resources.
  • Education and training for enrolled primary care providers.


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The Wisconsin CPCP includes three key core components. Enrolled providers can:

  • Request child or adolescent psychiatric consultation by calling the CPCP telephone line or sending questions through a dedicated email address, expecting to receive a response within 30 minutes for phone calls and within one business day for emails. CPCP staff includes a child psychiatrist, a psychologist, and intake coordinators who are available by phone or email Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to provide consultation and answer primary care provider questions.
  • Access online and in-person training and education regarding screening and assessment, treatment recommendations, and psychopharmacology for mental health and psychiatric disorders.
  • Obtain referral assistance to connect children to other local mental health resources.

Primary care providers can learn more about enrollment at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's Child Psychiatry Consultation Program webpage.

CPCP is funded by state general purpose revenue dollars that were appropriated to DHS in 2013. The Medical College of Wisconsin, through a request for application (RFA) process, applied for and received funds from DHS.

In October 2018, DHS was awarded a time-limited grant from the U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) to extend services to additional primary care providers in southern and southwestern Wisconsin.

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Last Revised: March 26, 2019