CME on CPAN in Bastrop: Learn about Texas’ New Child Psychiatric Access Network
By Sean Price


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The 2019 Texas Legislature set up a statewide network to increase physicians’ access to mental health services via tele-consulting, and now you can learn about it at an upcoming CME event on Thursday, March 12 at Ascension Seton Bastrop Hospital from 6:30-7:45 pm.

Psychiatrists from The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School will educate physicians and medical professionals on the identification and management of pediatric anxiety and how they can use the Child Psychiatric Access Network (CPAN) – an 11-region, statewide network of psychiatric centers designed to provide telemedicine-based consulting on mental health issues.

CPAN is expected to begin providing services to medical professionals in May.

Dell Medical School is the psychiatric center, or hub, for Central Texas. Each hub provides family and pediatric physicians with telephone consultation for potential psychiatric cases as well as CME.

CPAN is a key part of a much larger mental health initiative created by the 2019 Texas Legislature called the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium. Aside from CPAN, the consortium also will help schools respond to mental health needs among students, expand the psychiatric workforce by paying for psychiatric positions and fellowships, and provide money for research on mental health in Texas.

For more information, contact CPAN@austin.utexas.edu.


Last Updated On

March 05, 2020

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Sean Price is a reporter for Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. He grew up in Fort Worth and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. He's worked as an award-winning writer and editor for a variety of national magazine, book, and website publishers in New York and Washington. He's also helped produce Texas-based marketing campaigns designed to promote public health. Sean lives in Austin and enjoys hiking, photography, and spending time with his wife and two sons.

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