Montana Access to Pediatric Psychiatry Network (MAPP-Net)

The State of Montana received a federal HRSA grant in September 2018 to expand access to pediatric psychiatry. The Montana Access to Pediatric Psychiatry Network (MAPP-Net) grant strives to support primary care providers in serving children and youth in their communities with mental healthcare needs through education and consultation. Two activities help us meet this goal: Project ECHO and the toll-free Access Line.

Billings Clinic Project ECHO

Project ECHO is a hub-and-spoke model out of the University of New Mexico. Billings Clinic is the contracted “hub” for this program and began Project ECHO Pediatric Mental Health sessions in March 2019. An expert hub team consisting of a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Pharmacist, Psychotherapist, and Resource Specialist meet twice per month with primary care providers across the state utilizing the online platform Zoom. A member of the hub team delivers a 15-20 minute didactic. Then, participants can present de-identified cases to review. The hub panel and spoke sites offer feedback and suggestions on the presented cases. This collaboration among peers helps to support the presenter’s care for their pediatric patients with mental health care needs and provides an opportunity for increased knowledge for everyone listening.
Learn more about Project ECHO at Billings Clinic and access recordings of past sessions on the Portal. The page also has more information for primary care and behavioral health providers/clinicians/teams wishing to participate in Billings Clinic Project ECHO website. There is no cost to participate.

Toll-Free Access Line

A toll-free Access Line will be established in Fall 2019 for primary care providers to call and consult with a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist during daytime business hours. Billings Clinic is contracted with the state to staff this phone line, so consultations will be with Montana-based Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists. This is a provider-to-provider call, and patients do not participate. More information about this line will be disseminated as it becomes available. There will be no cost for primary care providers to participate in this service.


  • Kim Hart, MAPP-Net Program Coordinator, Billings Clinic, 406-435-4556,
    • Project ECHO at Billings Clinic
    • Toll-Free Access Line
  • Stacy Luke, MAPP-Net Project Director, Children's Special Health Services at DPHHS, 406-444-3529,
    • Outreach/Site Visits
    • General Information


Information & Support

For Professionals

Montana Access to Pediatric Psychiatry Network
A one-stop shop for Project ECHO registration and content, curriculum, events, Access Line information, clinical pathways/care guides, and all things MAPP-Net.

Rural Community Health Toolkit (RHIhub)
This toolkit provides rural communities with the information, resources, and materials they need to develop a community health program in a rural community; Rural Health Information Hub.

Authors & Reviewers

Last update/revision: July 2019
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