PERINATAL TELEPSYCHIATRY CLINIC

Launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Perinatal Telepsychiatry Clinic provides psychiatric assessment to patients and treatment recommendations/consultation to their providers.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Healthcare providers refer perinatal (pregnant and post-partum) patients with need of psychiatric assessment. Next, our navigator contacts the patient, gathers necessary information and schedules their appointment. Then, our psychiatrist conducts the assessment appointment.

  • This virtual clinic is NOT a crisis service or substitute for an emergency room, and cannot coordinate ER visits, psychiatric hospitalization or law enforcement intervention.

  • This program utilizes a consultation model, which means that the psychiatrist provides treatment recommendations to the referring provider and collaborates with the provider, empowering them to provide whole-person care to the patient.

  • NOTE: Patients cannot self-refer to this program. If you are a pregnant patient or new parent in need of resources, please utilize Perinatal Support of Washington's Warm Line: 1-888-404-7763.

REFERRAL PROCESS:

Step 1: Who to refer?

​Washington state healthcare providers can refer pregnant/postpartum patients who would benefit from a one-time psychiatric evaluation, have questions related to their mental health (e.g. medication safety in pregnancy), and are not in crisis.

Step 2: How to refer?

A referral can be made through this online referral formMany insurances are accepted, including most Apple Health insurances. Insurance plans accepted subject to change. Before you refer, please gather your contact information, the contact information for the patient's primary care or pregnancy care provider if applicable, the patient's contact information, the patient's demographic information, and the patient's insurance information if known.

Step 3: After you refer

Our navigator will call the patient, check for insurance coverage, assess need for and provide technology support, register them in the UW Medicine system, and schedule the appointment. 

Step 4: After the appointment

Our psychiatrist will provide recommendations to the referring provider and/or the patient's ongoing care providers (e.g., their OB-GYN). The patient's care provider carries out those recommendations, consulting with the psychiatrist as needed. As appropriate, the psychiatrist may see the patient for a limited number of follow-up appointments.

Funded in part by The Perigee Fund