How It Works

What is MC3?

The MC3 program offers psychiatry support to primary care providers in Michigan who are managing patients with behavioral health problems. This includes children, adolescents, young adults through age 26, and women who are contemplating pregnancy, pregnant or postpartum (up to one year).

Psychiatrists are available through same-day phone consultations to offer guidance on:

  • diagnostic questions
  • medication recommendations
  • appropriate psychotherapy

Your local MC3 Behavioral Health Consultant is also available to provide recommendations for local resources.

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Dr. Sheila Marcus explains MC3’s pediatric services
Dr. Maria Muzik explains MC3’s perinatal services

How do consultations work?

Phone availability for U-M psychiatrists and local BHCs is Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays. 

Who can participate?

Primary care providers in Michigan are eligible to participate in the program. This includes M.D.s, D.O.s, N.P.s, P.A.s and C.N.M.s in pediatric, OB/GYN, family medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry practices. As part of their participation, they will be asked to sign a Provider Agreement (online form available) that outlines program services and respective responsibilities. As an additional educational resource, participating primary care providers will be able to access live virtual trainings with free CMEs.  Recorded learning modules are also available on the program website in addition to tools and resources to assist providers in their practice.

What is not included?

MC3 is not an emergency service. Emergency consultations over the phone or in person are not provided. If a PCP calls about a case requiring an urgent intervention, the Behavioral Health Consultant can offer appropriate resource recommendations. 

U-M psychiatrists do not prescribe medication or provide ongoing treatment, but rather support primary care providers as they provide care. For those cases beyond the scope of the provider, the BHC and psychiatrist will offer referrals to local or regional clinicians.

MC3 Program Components


Same-day and scheduled psychiatry telephone consultation

Behavioral health consultant guidance and resource linkage

Scheduled group case consultation for providers

Sub-specialty expertise for medical co-morbidities, perinatal mood disorders, early childhood trauma, and other complex diagnoses

Clinical Services

Telepsychiatry evaluation available for patients in-home and video-based

Integrated behavioral health services in select clinics

  • Care coordination
  • Psychoeducation
  • Brief intervention
  • Collaborative care model for pediatric and perinatal practices


Live and remote trainings offered regionally and statewide on topics requested by providers

Learning modules, resources and tools available on MC3 website

Education and support for screening and follow-up

Practice workflow analysis to better integrate screening, care coordination, and MC3 services

What does MC3 stand for?

The full name of the program is now Michigan Clinical Consultation & Care. However, for the program’s first ten years, it was Michigan Child Collaborative Care. We changed the name of the program to reflect the fact that it serves providers treating both pediatric and perinatal patients, and even some perinatal patients in select SE Michigan counties.

MC3 is funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) via general funds, Medicaid Administration funds, Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) funds and Flint Water Crisis funds.

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