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Child Psychiatry Access Project

Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP)

What is MCPAP?:  The Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP) is a program that supports and enhances the role of the primary care provider in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with behavioral health problems. 

The project is funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership.

Who can participate:  Primary care practices in western Massachusetts may participate in the program after receiving an orientation and agreeing to maintain an integral role in the treatment of psychiatric problems of their patients.  Participating primary care providers have real-time access to mental health professionals who can provide telephone consultations, and/or arrange to see patients for initial consultations and brief transitional therapy as needed.  

The MCPAP team is comprised of:

  • a Medical Director
  • Team Administrator
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatrists
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Care Coordinator
  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. 

PCPs will initially make contact with the MCPAP team by means of a telephone access line.

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Team Members

Barry Sarvet, M.D., Medical Director & Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist
John Fanton, M.D., Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist
Shadi Zaghloul, M.D., Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist
Bruce Waslick, M.D., Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist
Marjorie Williams, APRN, PC, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Specialist
Arlyn Perez-Maldonado, Care Coordinator
Jodi DeVine, LICSW, Child/Adolescent Psychotherapist

Meet the team...

Additional Information

  • The MCPAP team providers are accessible for consultation Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm
  • PCPs will use the number listed above to access the MCPAP team members.  The call will be immediately received by either the Case Coordinator or by an Intake Worker.  The Care Coordinator will help to determine and facilitate the appropriate consultative services.  As needed, the MCPAP child psychiatrist or therapist will be paged immediately.  Pages will be answered as soon as possible:  either immediately or upon completion of a patient encounter.
  • As an outcome of the telephone consultation, the MCPAP provider may offer to see the patient and family directly.  The direct services may include
  • Diagnostic consultation (child psychiatrist or therapist)
  • Assisting the family to access resources in the community (care coordinator or therapist)
  • Brief interim therapy to address urgent issues until definitive services are in place (therapist)
  • Training events for PCPs will be organized. 
  • Services are provided regardless of insurance benefits; however, insurance carriers will be billed for face-to-face services as applicable.
  • Although MCPAP does not provide direct crisis services, we will certainly consult with PCPs by telephone to provide advice regarding management of behavioral health crises in the primary care setting.
  • MCPAP provides bilingual services for patients and families as needed