Welcome to the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Portal


We promote pediatric mental health and wellness through consultation, education, resource navigation and innovation throughout California's communities. ​


We are collaboratively transforming pediatric healthcare, in order to advance the health and emotional well-being for California's youth. ​


We value equity, inclusivity, diversity, partnership, inter-professionalism, prevention, and stigma-free access to care for all.

The UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Portal provides real-time, peer-to-peer child psychiatry consultative guidance to primary care providers for youth with mental and behavioral health concerns.

Access to child psychiatry has been a significant problem nationwide for years, as documented in the Surgeon General's report of 2000. Meanwhile, 1 in 5 youth experience a significant mental or behavioral health problem, and pediatric primary care providers are often at the front lines of initially screening, assessing, and treating these disorders.   

The UCSF Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Portal is a child psychiatry access program designed to meet the ever-increasing needs of pediatric primary care practices serving as front-line care providers for mental health.  CAPP aims to increase access to necessary mental health care by improving PCP's knowledge, skills and confidence in managing mild-moderate, commonly occurring behavioral health condtions, thereby supporting rational utilization of child psychiatry resources for more complex presentations, and supporting increased integration of pediatric primary and behavioral health care.


  • Real-time, direct-connect consultation between the PCP and UCSF psychiatrist & psychologist faculty offers timely, attuned, practical case-specific guidance on screening, assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, and guidance on resources and referrals.  
  • Opportunity to offer patients and families a one-time consultation with a UCSF psychologist through the UCSF CAPP Second Step Psychologist Consultation service
  • Continuing medical education for PCPs on commonly presenting conditions, in order to improve their knowledge and confidence in managing pediatric mental and behavioral health conditions
  • Website resources

How to enroll

  • CAPP program regional team members will meet with your primary care practice team for an orientation to the consultation program, including how to access services, and formal enrollment in the program.  Ideally we like to meet with as many members of your group as possible, in order to build relationships with each of you, and to understand and address your team's needs and expectations.  
  • Identifying a CAPP champion within your practice is very helpful supporting a successful implementation and ongoing utilization of CAPP within your practice. 
  • Upon completion of enrollment, your practice can consult with CAPP M-F 9-5pm by calling 1.800.253.2103.
  • If you would like to enroll, please contact our program coordinator, Nate Phillip, at [email protected].