Oregon Psychiatric Access Line about Kids (OPAL-K)
OPAL-K provides free, same-day, Monday through Friday, child psychiatric phone consultation to primary care providers in Oregon.
OPAL-K is a collaboration between OHSU's Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Oregon Pediatric Society (OPS) and the Oregon Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (OCCAP).
The program expands the availability of high-quality mental health treatment to Oregon youth via timely psychiatric consultation, medical practitioner education, and connections with mental health professionals throughout the state.
Many children and adolescents in Oregon with mental health issues remain untreated or experience significant delays before beginning treatment.
OPAL-K provides the support that medical practitioners need to care for more patients in their medical home. With OPAL-K, medical practitioners may be able to treat youth with mental health issues right away rather than placing patients on waiting lists to receive care. Earlier intervention may decrease complications of untreated mental disorders including hospitalization and suicides.
The program also offers evidence-based support to medical practitioners in need of psychiatric treatment information. Overall OPAL-K helps build a system that allows primary care providers to deliver the best possible care.
The Oregon Psychiatric Access Line about Kids (OPAL-K) program is proud to serve the people of Oregon. The OPAL-K collaboration includes Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Oregon Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (OCCAP) and the Oregon Pediatric Society (OPS), and is supported by the Oregon Health Authority’s Addictions and Mental Health Services.
Oregon Pediatric Society
Screening Tools And Referral Training
Oregon Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Oregon Health Authority