"Behavioral-health need identified" means that the provider administering the screening tool, in her or his professional judgment, identifies a child with a potential behavioral-health-services need. If a behavioral-health need is discovered that requires further assessment, diagnosis, or treatment during a visit, the PCP must either
  • provide the necessary follow-up services; or
  • refer the member to a specialist.

The PCP must help the family and member find the recommended services. Assistance is available through the Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), or the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP) if the member is enrolled with one of these plans or through the MassHealth Customer Service Center. MassHealth will track visits, screens delivered, and screens with a behavioral-health need identified. For contact information, www.mass.gov/masshealth/childbehavioralhealth.

Follow-up in the Primary-Care Setting

When a Referral Is Indicated

  • Continue to refer to your usual MassHealth behavioral-health resources.
  • If you need assistance, call Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP). The goal of this program is to make child-psychiatry services accessible to PCPs throughout the Commonwealth.
  • The MCPAP team consists of a child psychiatrist, a licensed social worker, and a care coordinator.
  • A MCPAP team member is accessible by pager from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., Monday through Friday, and generally returns pages within 30 minutes.
  • Services consist of consultation to the PCP and, when indicated, transitional services.
  • MCPAP serves all children regardless of insurance status, in six regions across the Commonwealth.
  • More information is available on their Web site: www.mcpap.org.
  • Other behavioral-health resources can be located by calling the Customer Service office of the Managed Care Organizations (MCO), the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP), or MassHealth. For contact information, www.mass.gov/masshealth/childbehavioralhealth.

Management Guidelines

Assistance with managing follow-up of screening results is available from the following.


This information is provided by MassHealth.