About MC3

What is MC3?

The MC3 program offers psychiatry support to primary care providers in Michigan who are managing patients with behavioral health problems. This includes children, adolescents, young adults through age 26, and women who are contemplating pregnancy, pregnant or postpartum (up to one year).

Psychiatrists are available through same-day phone consultations to offer guidance on:

  • diagnostic questions
  • medication recommendations
  • appropriate psychotherapy

Your local MC3 Behavioral Health Consultant is also available to provide recommendations for local resources.

What is MC3 Pediatric?
What is MC3 Perinatal?

How does it work?

  • The treating provider or clinic designee initiates the consult with a phone call to the Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC), a master’s-level mental health professional based locally, or submits a consultation request through our secure web-based form.
  • The BHC triages the referral, responds to any questions that are within the scope of his/her expertise, and forwards appropriate cases to the MC3 psychiatrist for same-day phone consultation. In cases that are deemed urgent, the BHC will suggest local resources for referral.
  • Upon completion of the consultation between the psychiatrist and treating provider, a written summary of the consultation is sent to the provider along with local resources.
  • As a follow-up to the phone consultation, telepsychiatry evaluations are available as a one-time consultation based on insurance.

Phone availability for U of M psychiatrists and local BHCs is Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding holidays. 

Who can participate?

Primary care providers in Michigan are eligible to participate in the program. This includes MDs, DOs, NPs, PAs and CNMs in pediatric, family medicine and OB/GYN practices. As part of their participation, they will be asked to sign a Provider Agreement (online form available) that outlines program services and respective responsibilities. As an additional educational resource, participating primary care providers will be able to access live virtual trainings with free CMEs.  Recorded learning modules are also available on the program website in addition to tools and resources to assist providers in their practice.

What is not included?

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

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

MC3 Program Components

Consultation

Same-day and scheduled psychiatry telephone consultation

Behavioral health consultant guidance and resource linkage

Scheduled group case consultation for providers

Sub-specialty expertise for medical co-morbidities, perinatal mood disorders, early childhood trauma, and other complex diagnoses

Clinical Services

Telepsychiatry evaluation available for patients in-home and video-based

Integrated behavioral health services in select clinics

  • Care coordination
  • Psychoeducation
  • Brief intervention
  • Collaborative care model for pediatric and perinatal practices

Education

Live and remote trainings offered regionally and statewide on topics requested by providers

Learning modules, resources and tools available on MC3 website

Education and support for screening and follow-up

Practice workflow analysis to better integrate screening, care coordination, and MC3 services