PAL-PAK offers immediate support to pediatric care providers (doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants) in Alaska who have questions about child and adolescent mental healthcare, such as diagnostic clarification, medication adjustment or treatment planning.

Consultations can be patient-specific or can be general questions related to child psychiatry. The phone consultation is covered by HIPAA, section 45 CFR 164.506; no additional release of patient information is required to consult by phone.

The consultation service is state- and grant-funded, and there is no charge to primary care providers for calling the consultation line. Providers may call about any patient, regardless of the patient’s insurance type.

Call 855-599-7257 (toll-free) Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Alaska time, to be directly connected to a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

Help Me Grow Alaska

Help Me Grow Alaska logoIn addition to mental health consultations, our child psychiatrists offer psychosocial recommendations in every call. PAL-PAK is partnered with Help Me Grow Alaska (HMG), a program that locates resources for your patient and their family. Notify the psychiatrist if you’re interested in this service or call HMG directly.

Call 833-464-2527 (toll-free) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Alaska time, to get connected with an HMG care coordinator.

Provider Resources

  • PAL-PAK publishes Primary Care Principles for Child Mental Health yearly (available in summer 2019). This guide is based on current evidence about mental health treatments in children, focused into practical points for the pediatric primary care physician.
  • Child mental health conferences (no fee to attend)

More About PAL-PAK

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services logoPAL-PAK is available to providers caring for any child or teen in Alaska. The consultation program is funded by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

HRSA disclaimer

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