C.A.P.E.S. stands for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Education and Support.

There is a shortage of child psychiatrists across New York State, especially in rural areas. But the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) has a plan in place to address this.

Project TEACH is one way OMH is working to meet the mental health needs of children and families. Its mission is to strengthen and support the ability of New York’s pediatric primary care providers (PCPs) to deliver care to children and families who experience mild to moderate mental health concerns.

C.A.P.E.S. is one of two regional providers that deliver services for Project TEACH. Our team covers Region 2 (eastern New York). CAP PC is the other regional provider in Regions 1 and 3 (upstate, New York City, and Long Island). Learn more about Project TEACH here.

Program Benefits

As part of Project TEACH, C.A.P.E.S. provides PCPs with access to consultations, training, linkages and referrals.  If you are a physician or nurse practitioner in a primary care practice, there are several ways to take advantage of Project TEACH services:

  • Continuing Medical Education events that focus on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of child and adolescent psychiatric issues within a primary care practice.
  • Telephone consultation time with a child and adolescent psychiatrist for assistance with problematic psychiatric cases.
  • Direct evaluation services with a child and adolescent psychiatrist for patients with complex psychiatric presentations.
  • Assistance with referrals to outpatient mental health providers in your community.

Program Leadership

Dr. Jeffrey M. Daly, Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Outpatient Program, Four Winds Hospital Saratoga, developed this program in 2005. Dr. Daly continues to lead the C.A.P.E.S. Program, which has been enthusiastically received by over 350 primary care providers. In 2016, Dr. Sarah Klagsbrun, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Four Winds Hospital, joined the team to lead the program’s expansion of services in the lower Hudson River region. Dr. Daly and Dr. Klagsbrun are board certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists.

Counties Served

The C.A.P.E.S. Program serves PCP’s in the following 23 counties:

Albany             Clinton             Columbia             Dutchess             Essex             Fulton

Greene            Hamilton          Herkimer            Montgomery         Orange           Otsego

Putnam        Rensselaer        Rockland          Saratoga       Schenectady      Schoharie

Sullivan            Ulster             Warren             Washington          Westchester

PCP’s from the remaining counties in New York State can access Project TEACH services through the CAP-PC Program.

How Can I Participate with the C.A.P.E.S Program?

If you are a pediatric primary care provider and would like a consultation, training or referral, please fill out the Physician Registration Form, contact us online or call us at 1-844-892-5070 today!

If you are a community mental health professional and would like to participate in the Program’s Community Mental Health Provider database, please fill out the Mental Health Provider Form and fax it to 518-583-2265.