Minnesota psychiatric consultation

In 2012, the Minnesota Collaborative Psychiatric Consultation Service began delivering peer-to-peer consultations statewide to primary care physicians. The goal is to provide immediate, daily phone support to physicians who encounter patient-specific diagnostic or treatment problems in their practice. Areas of consultation include mental health diagnosis and treatment, continuing education programs, and hands-on coaching.

While Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is the primary study site, the consortium includes five partnering health care organizations across the region to ensure that consultation and training services are equally distributed. These include the Mayo Clinic Health System locations in southeast Wisconsin, Sanford Health, Essentia Health, PrairieCare and Allina Health.

Additional partners include The REACH Institute (The Resource for Advancing Children's Health), which has experience delivering coaching and development for physicians in primary care child mental health services.

The consortium expects to deliver REACH's primary care mental health coaching and skill-building program to as many as 350 of Minnesota's 4,000 primary care clinicians. Other program components include video technology for training courses and consultations, improved website tools, and online services that advance communication and mental health referral services.



Investigator & Role Grant Title Funding Source Duration
Peter S. Jensen, M.D., principal investigator Minnesota Psychiatric Consultative Services Program Minnesota Department of Human Services 06/2012-05/2015