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Eastern Region Virginia Mental Health Access Program (VMAP)

More than one-third of visits to primary care pediatricians are for mental health concerns. With a shortage of mental health providers in Virginia, children and adolescents are not getting the help they need. To address this need, VMAP was created.

Virginia Mental Health Access Program (VMAP) expands access to mental health expertise by facilitating consultation between psychiatric providers and children’s primary care providers.

If you are a primary care provider and would like to speak to a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist about a specific case, call (888) 371-VMAP (8627). Consult services are available Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Be prepared to provide the following:

  • Provider details and call back number
  • Child information, including name, DOB, insurance, and zip code
  • Reason for consult and relevant background information

This service is available to all primary care physicians in the community, and enrollment is free. Patients must be 21 years of age or younger. As a VMAP enrolled provider, you also gain access to year-round education and training opportunities to develop the skill set needed to manage pediatric patients with mental health needs.

For more information on how to enroll, please visit To schedule a lunch-and-learn session or to receive more information about the VMAP program with our Eastern Region team, contact or call, 1-888-371-8627 ext. 2.

Urgent Referrals

For referrals to CHKD’s trauma service, emergency department, NICU, PICU or other inpatient units, please call our Transfer Center at (757) 668-8000. Out of area callers, please dial (844) 480-8000.

Doctors Direct

For physician-to-physician consults that do not involve transfer, transport or urgent admissions, please call DoctorsDirect at (757) 668-9999 or (800) 207-2022 for out of area callers.