Indiana Behavioral Health Access Program for Youth

More than half of young adults in the United States experience significant behavioral health problems before age 18, yet fewer than twenty percent of those who need treatment receive the care they need to thrive. The Indiana Behavioral Health Access Program for Youth (IN-BeHAPY) will create a platform to pursue a systematic program of research that addresses key clinical and implementation science questions for young adults experiencing behavioral health problems in the state.

Indiana youth never receive annual treatment for depression
states have launched child psychiatry access programs
IU School of Medicine faculty and IU Health physicians who care for children
Participating Providers

Participating Providers

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Project Team

Project Team

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“The long-term goal of this research program is to reduce the burden of behavioral health problems among Indiana families by optimizing a practical, effective and sustainable technology-enhanced system for delivering best-practice services.”
Leslie Hulvershorn, MD, Program co-director

A Child Psychiatry Access Program for Indiana

A major barrier to youth and families accessing quality behavioral health assessment and treatment services is the severe lack of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers in their towns, especially in rural areas. Many families seek behavioral health care in pediatric primary care clinics, but these facilities rarely have the staff or resources to meet the complex clinical needs of patients, resulting in both under-treatment and over-prescription of psychotropic medications. The Indiana Behavioral Health Access Program for Youth will boost Hoosier families’ access to quality behavioral health care, increase support to primary care clinics and establish a solid foundation for a program of innovative, externally funded pediatric behavioral health services research.

Innovating Care

Child Psychiatry Access Programs (CPAPs) link primary care clinics with behavioral health specialists via telephone and videoconference consultation. Twenty-eight states have these programs, but not Indiana. The development and launch of the Indiana Behavioral Health Access Program for Youth will extend the reach of IU Health Behavioral Health and IU School of Medicine experts to underserved Indiana communities through telemedicine consultations and direct care. A team of clinical scientists, population health experts and evaluators will maximize this the program’s impact.

Quick Facts

The long-term goal of this research program is to reduce the challenges Indiana families face when seeking care for behavioral health problems for young adults.

Through the use of sustainable technology-enhanced systems, like telemedicine, the program will deliver best-practice services to the families that need it most.

Feedback from this program is collected from pediatric primary care providers throughout Indiana through surveys, focus groups and a pilot trial of the program. The program is also gathering input from families on how well the program works.

Program experts will utilize survey and focus group data from participating families to determine how to best develop the program’s policies and procedures.

This project will help IU School of Medicine experts learn how best to promote efficient access to high quality behavioral health care services for families seen in pediatric primary care clinics.

Information will regularly be collected on factors that influence local use intervention during learning meetings and conduct interviews with program users and non-users to identify potential facilitators and barriers to implementation and sustainability for future state-wide dissemination and implementation efforts.