In addition to the Psychiatry Consultation Line for providers caring for adult patients, we offer two specialty provider-to-provider consultation lines that connect providers to child and adolescent psychiatrists and perinatal psychiatrists. All three can be reached by calling 877.WA.PSYCH.
The PAL for Moms is a perinatal psychiatry consultation line available to any provider in Washington State wanting consultation, recommendations, and referrals to community resources from a UW psychiatrist with expertise in perinatal mental health.
Faculty members consult on any mental health-related questions for patients who are pregnant, in the first year postpartum, or who have pregnancy-related complications (e.g. pregnancy loss, infertility). Topics may include depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric disorders; adjustment to pregnancy loss, complications, or difficult life events; risks of psychiatric medications; non-medication treatments; and consulting about women on psychotropic medications who are wanting to or thinking about getting pregnant.
PAL for Moms produces the Perinatal Mental Health Care Guide designed to help health care providers caring for pregnant/postpartum patients with mental health symptoms or concerns. It is divided into modules (e.g. depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder) and includes screening tools, brief overviews of diagnosis and treatment, information about medications and their risks during the perinatal period, and selected resources.
The Partnership Access Line (PAL) at Seattle Children’s Hospital is a child psychiatry consultation program operating in Washington and Wyoming specifically designed to support primary care providers, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in providing effective mental health care. Providers may call about any type of mental health issue that arises about any child, either prior to seeing a patient to prepare for the visit or while the patient is present.
PAL takes each call as a ‘teachable moment,’ instructing the provider around caring for a particular child while building capacity to administer similar care in the future. In specific cases, the PAL program also offers a one-time in-person or telemedicine appointment for patients.
UW Medicine child and adolescent psychiatrists located at Seattle Children’s also provide medication reviews for Alaska, Washington and Wyoming and Multidisciplinary team (MDT) psychiatric evaluations funded by the state of Wyoming.
We also offer a CME-accredited program for providers interested in didactic presentations and case-based learning called UW PACC (Psychiatry and Addictions Case Conference). UW PACC is designed to expand the mental health and addictions care capacity of healthcare professionals, especially in remote, underserved areas of Washington. The series is appropriate for primary care providers including MDs, ARNPs, PAs and mental health providers willing to engage in a proven model of distance learning.
The goal of UW PACC is to develop a regional peer learning and support network for treating mental health and addictions that will ultimately result in better patient care. Learn more