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Prescribing health care providers who treat behavioral/mental health in youth and perinatal people in Michigan are eligible for MC3 consultations. This includes physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified nurse midwives practicing in family medicine, general medicine, pediatrics, OB/Gyn/perinatal, pediatric subspecialties, and psychiatry practices.

Non-prescribing health care providers can take advantage of  many of MC3’s other resources and education & training opportunities, as well as some of MC3′ services. See those areas of the website for more details.

Although MC3 is targeted toward primary care providers, psychiatric prescribers and pediatric subspecialists in the state of Michigan can also sign up.

There is no cost for accessing consultation and resources through the program. MC3 is funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) via general funds, Medicaid Administration funds, and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funds.

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

Michigan Medicine psychiatrists do not prescribe medication or provide ongoing treatment, but rather support prescribing providers as they provide care. For those cases beyond the scope of the prescribing provider, the BHC and psychiatrist will offer referrals to local or regional resources.

Anyone delegated by the prescriber provider can initiate an MC3 consultation. A nurse, M.A., or social worker can initiate the consult by phone or online. However, we require that the prescriber provider takes the call when the psychiatrist calls back. We do not want recommendations to go through a third party.

After the consultation, the BHC in your region will send a summary of your consultation via encrypted e-mail or fax, as well as any therapy/resources that were recommended.

You can consult as often as you like on any patients. The MC3 consulting psychiatrists are able to access previous consultations through a secure web-based platform to review and add to the past consultations.

MC3 offers the ability to schedule a consultation. If there is a particular consulting psychiatrist that you wish to speak with and/or if there is a specific time of day during the week that works better to receive the consult, we can arrange a scheduled consult that best fits your needs.

As a consultation service, MC3 makes recommendations based on the information shared before and during the consultation. These recommendations can be used to develop a treatment plan in the context of the prescribing provider’s clinical judgment and experiences with the patient and family, as well as knowledge of community services. Patient names and other identifying information are not exchanged as part of the clinical consultation. Patient initials and date of birth are collected to allow future reference for a repeat consultation about a patient.

Residents can sign up to participate in MC3 consultation and education. All supervising physicians must be signed up for MC3 and approve the consultations. When a resident graduates, we ask that they contact MC3 to update our records.

MC3 is a state-funded program and cannot facilitate direct scheduling with behavioral health services at Michigan Medicine.

Patients with behavioral health concerns are already being seen by their primary care practices. In some studies, researchers have found that behavioral health concerns are the reason for up to 25% of pediatric primary care visits. PCPs prescribe 65% of psychotropic medication for youth and access to behavioral health care for families is limited. The risks of not treating behavioral health are high and can impact both short- and long-term outcomes. MC3 consulting psychiatrists are available to offer guidance and will not pressure you into prescribing anything you are not comfortable with. Oftentimes MC3 psychiatrists are weaning patients off medication and recommending evidence-based therapy in the community.

As part of their participation, providers will be asked to sign a Provider Agreement that outlines the program services and roles of primary care providers and consulting psychiatrists. You can sign up by clicking the button below.

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.

Our program observes the following holidays:

  • Memorial Day (May 27, 2024)
  • Independence Day (July 4, 2024)
  • Labor Day (Sep. 2, 2024)
  • Thanksgiving break (Nov. 28–29, 2024)
  • Winter holidays (Dec. 25–31, 2024)
  • New Year’s Day (Jan. 1, 2025)

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