Top national psychiatric organizations recognize innovative statewide program for children developed by UB professor

Amid shortage of child psychiatrists, Kaye developed a program that has now helped more than 7,000 New York state children and adolescents

Release Date: October 23, 2017

headshot of David Kaye.
“Many primary care providers tell us that mental health issues are their biggest and most common problem. ”
David L. Kaye, MD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A program directed by David L. Kaye, MD, professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, is receiving national recognition this month from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).

With funding from the New York State Office of Mental Health as part of Project TEACH, Kaye developed the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for Primary Care (CAP PC) program in 2010 to address New York State’s critical shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists in a cost-effective way. CAP PC provides assistance to primary care providers for their pediatric patients with mild to moderate mental health problems.

It has so far provided consultation support for more than 7,000 pediatric patients throughout New York state. Nearly 2,000 primary care providers have registered for the program, a number that continues to grow at an annual average of 15 percent.

The ‘most common problem’

“Many primary care providers tell us that mental health issues are their biggest and most common problem,” said Kaye. “The whole goal of CAP PC is to try and help primary care providers develop competence and feel confident about assessing and managing their patients’ mild to moderate mental health issues.”

In recognition of the program, Kaye received the APA’s Psychiatric Services Bronze Achievement Award on Oct. 19 at the APA Institute for Psychiatric Services’ annual meeting in New Orleans.  The highly competitive annual award is given to recognize creative models of service delivery and innovative programs for people with mental illness or disabilities.

Later this week, Kaye will receive AACAP’s 2017 Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Service Program Award for Excellence at the 64th Annual Meeting on Oct. 25 in Washington, D.C., where he will present “Improving Primary Care Access and Quality of Care for Children with Mental Health Needs: The CAP PC Experience.”

The AACAP award recognizes innovative programs that address prevention, diagnosis or treatment of mental illnesses in children and adolescents, and serve as model programs for the country. The award is shared among the awardee and his or her service program. It was established in 1996 and is supported by the Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Foundation.

Statewide collaboration

UB collaborates on CAP PC with four other university-based child psychiatry divisions: Columbia University Medical Center, Hofstra Northwell Health, University of Rochester and SUNY Upstate Medical University to provide real-time psychiatric phone consultations for primary care providers and assist with referral linkages. The program also emphasizes formal education for primary care providers and has been the largest provider of continuing medical education of any child psychiatric access program in the country.

“The CAP PC program represents a lifetime of working toward the integration of physical and mental health, which has been in my heart from the beginning of medical school,” Kaye said.

Currently vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Psychiatry, Kaye established UB’s residency training program in child/adolescent psychiatry and served as director of training from 1986-2014. A Distinguished Fellow of AACAP and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the APA, he is a past president of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training.

Kaye sees patients through UBMD Psychiatry. His work has focused on psychiatric education and he is first author on a book for primary care physicians, “Child and Adolescent Mental Health” (Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins 2002).

More information on CAP PC is available at

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