Implementation Guide

Psychiatric Provider Training

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The psychiatric consultant supports the PCP and care manager in treating patients with behavioral health problems and does so in a way he/she may not be familiar with. Rather than 50 minute one-on-one interactions, a psychiatric consultant is responsible for a caseload of patients and primarily interacts with the care manager or PCP. He/she typically meets with the care manager weekly to review the treatment plan for patients who are new or who are not improving as expected. The psychiatric consultant may suggest treatment modifications for the PCP to consider, or recommend that the PCP see the patient for an in-person consultation. The psychiatric consultant is available to the care manager and the PCP during business hours for ad hoc consultation as needed.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the psychiatric consultant role as part of a Collaborative Care team
  • Develop the functional knowledge necessary to contribute to a successful Collaborative Care team

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