Colorado Psychiatric Access and Consultation for Kids (C-PACK) Evaluation

Dates: 2014-2015

State: Colorado

Client(s): Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council

Service: Applied Research & Evaluation

Technical Expertise: Behavioral Health, Maternal and Child Health, Integrated Care Models, Primary Care, Rural Health

The Colorado Behavioral Health Care Council has received funding from the Colorado Health Foundation to implement a project entitled: Colorado Psychiatric Access and Consultation for Kids (C-PACK). This project will create a system of behavioral health consultation and training so that primary care providers (PCPs) and behavioral health providers (BHPs) meet children’s integrated health care needs. C-PACK will provide training to PCPs and BHPs and establish regional teams of teleconsultants to deliver real-time telephone consultation. Participating BHPs will serve to facilitate referrals and access to care for patients with greater behavioral health care needs. At first, the C-PACK project will focus on an incremental rollout in two regions (Denver Metro and Southern Colorado).

JSI has been contracted to design and implement a comprehensive evaluation of this rollout, provider and patient experience, access indicators, key health outcomes, and costs. The JSI team will use the RE-AIM Framework to guide the development of the evaluation plan and its implementation to address both effectiveness and replicability of the C-PACK project. First year activities include planning, development of methods and tools, and IRB submission. Second year of the project will see evaluation implementation and preliminary data management and analyses. Formative, process, and outcome evaluation methods will be used.