Nevada Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program (PMHCAP)

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Significant mental health service gaps exist for children in Nevada; particularly children living in the rural regions of Nevada. The percentage of the population receiving mental health services is dramatically lower in Nevada than the U.S. national average. In 2013, 4.8 per 1,000 children 0-12 years of age in Nevada received less mental health services compared to the national rate of 21.4 per 1,000 (NV Comprehensive Gaps Analysis of Behavioral Health Services, 2013). For younger children, only 20% of those under age 6 receive developmental screenings in Nevada, much lower than the national average of 30%.

The Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program (PMHCAP) uses telehealth strategies like Mobile Crisis Response teams to expand mental health services for children in Nevada.

Program Goals

Goal 1

Promote behavioral health integration in pediatric primary care by supporting the development of statewide pediatric mental health telehealth and telephone access program.

Goal 2

Provide training and education on the use of evidence-based, culturally and linguistically appropriate telehealth protocols to support the treatment of children and adolescents with behavioral disorders.

Goal 3

Serve as a resource for pediatric primary care providers serving children and adolescents including but not limited to pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and case coordinators.


Information & Support

For Professionals

Nevada Division of Child and Family Services
The Nevada Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS), together in genuine partnership with families, communities and other governmental agencies, provides support and services to assist Nevada's children and families in reaching their full human potential.

Nevada PMHCAP Overview (HRSA)
Overview of Nevada's Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program (PMHCAP) proposal; Health Resources & Services Administration.

Authors & Reviewers

Initial publication: July 2019; last update/revision: June 2024
Current Authors and Reviewers:
Author: Medical Home Team