Expanding Access to Mental Health Care in Virginia

The Virginia Mental Health Access Program (VMAP) is a statewide initiative that helps healthcare providers take better care of children and adolescents with mental health conditions through provider education and increasing access to child psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and care navigators.

Why VMAP is Critical

Virginia ranks 48th in mental health care access for youth

100% of Virginia localities are mental health professional shortage areas2

65% of pediatricians say they lack training, knowledge, & skills in pediatric mental health

How VMAP Solves the Problem

Through provider education and the VMAP Line, VMAP ensures that more children have access to providers who are equipped to identify, treat, and manage their mental health conditions.

VMAP has trained over 1,100 primary care providers (PCPs) to screen for, manage, and treat pediatric mental health conditions.

The VMAP Line offers same-day pediatric mental health consultation and care navigation services 40 hours a week.

5,600 pediatric patients across Virginia have been served through VMAP Line consultations.

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VMAP is funded in part by state general fund dollars, managed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. VMAP is also supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,724,632 with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.

1 State of Mental Health in America, 2023

2 https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/charts/7?state=VA