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What is the CPCP?
The Charles E. Kubly Access project, was started in 2012 with the generous philanthropic support of Dr. Michael and Mrs. Billie Kubly. The project honors the Kublys' late son, Charlie.
The Wisconsin Child Psychiatry Consultation Program (CPCP) was established by the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in 2015 as an intervention strategy to address the national shortage of mental health care providers, particularly the growing deficit of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists. This was made possible after the two-year pilot, Charles E. Kubly Access Project, was internally developed by the MCW with generous philanthropic support from the Kubly family. The small-scale pilot was successful in demonstrating to the State of Wisconsin, that the MCW was well-positioned to expand services reaching beyond the greater Milwaukee area into other parts of the State including northern rural counties that need such a service. With these ongoing efforts, the MCW in conjunction with several key stakeholders and partners, worked with legislators to develop a bill to create a state funded program. State Representative, Jim Steineke authored the bill which appropriated State General Purpose Revenue (GPR) funds for the program; it passed with nearly unanimous, bipartisan support. In April 2014, Governor Walker signed Act 127 into law. In August 2014, the MCW applied for grant funding through a Request for Application (RFA) process and received funds from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services ) to develop and implement the CPCP. In December 2014, with the support from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW), MCW launches the CPCP in the Northern Region of Wisconsin and Milwaukee County. In July 2018, the CPCP received two additional years of funding and the ability to expand the program into five bordering Western counties and the Northeast Region of Wisconsin. With this, the CPCP is funded by State GPR funds until mid-year 2020.
The CPCP increases PCP's capacity to support the behavioral health needs of children and families by:
- Providing consultation to primary care providers regarding diagnosis and management options for children and adolescents with mental health problems
- Providing and ensuring a referral support system for these pediatric patients to other mental health professionals and community resources as identified and needed
- Providing education and training in mental health issues for primary care providers
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“We are all familiar with the shortage of pediatric psychiatrists available to treat our patients. Mental health and behavioral problems continue to increase in our patients, however. Working with the CPCP allows for a preliminary plan to be put in place for the family while awaiting further evaluation by a psychiatrist if needed”.