Transforming the Delivery of Children’s Mental Health: The Role of the Psychiatrist

An Introduction to the NJ Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative (NJPPC)

At the end of this webinar, participants should be able to-

  1. Identify the current models of integrated care delivery
  2. Explain the core components involved in Child Psychiatry Access Programs
  3. Describe the services provided through the New Jersey Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative
  4. Apply knowledge to your participation in NJPPC advocacy initiatives

Barry Sarvet, MD · Keynote Speaker

Dr. Barry Sarvet is the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Baystate Health, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School- Baystate. His career has focused on designing and implementing population health strategies for improving access to mental health care and disseminating evidence-based practices in mental health treatment. He serves as Medical Director of the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP), an innovative public system for improving access to care for children with mental health needs throughout the state of MA. Dr. Sarvet has written numerous articles regarding integrated mental health care, and has provided technical assistance for programs throughout the US striving to develop systems of collaboration between psychiatry and primary care.  Dr. Sarvet is co-chair of the Healthcare Access and Economics Committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and co-chair of the Mental Health Task Force for the MA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

On-Demand Webinar: An Introduction to the NJ Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative (NJPPC)

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Debra Koss, MD · Moderator

Debra Koss, MD is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist with more than 25 years clinical experience including private practice, school consultations and collaboration with pediatricians. She is a clinical assistant professor with the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey involved in education and mentorship of medical students and residents.  Dr. Koss’s primary area of interest is mental health advocacy. She has utilized her expertise to educate lawmakers about childhood mental illness, has provided testimony before state and federal legislators, and organized mental health forums and physician advocacy days at the state and federal level. She has designed and implemented an advocacy elective for PGY4 psychiatry residents and has also published chapters and journal articles and given workshops about mental health advocacy.  Dr. Koss is a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and as of November 1, 2021, will serve as AACAP’s Secretary. She is Project Manager for the NJPA NJPPC grant.

Steven Kairys, MD · Panelist

Steven Kairys, MD is board certified in Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, and Child Abuse and Neglect and Chairman of Pediatrics at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University. I am also the medical director of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the AAP Quality Improvement and Innovation Networks (QuIIN). In these roles, I have extensive experience translating research into improved models of care. I am currently the co-principal investigator of the New Jersey statewide initiative to improve mental health services for children by developing a collaborative model between primary care pediatrics and child psychiatry.

Kristine Horn Lubas, MSW, LCSW · Panelist

Kristine Lubas, LCSW, holds Masters in Social Work from Monmouth University with a concentration in clinical practice with children and families. Kristine has served as the Team Leader for a youth Intensive Outpatient Program which provides clinical services to youth exhibiting at risk behaviors and high mental health needs. She currently serves as the Clinical Program Manager for the New Jersey Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative at Jersey Shore University Medical Center which manages Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, and Mercer Counties. Kristine is skilled in providing clinical supervision to staff members, teams, clinicians, and student interns. She also works to expand grant opportunities which provide innovative pathways for service delivery and mental health resources to address the unmet mental health needs for children across New Jersey.

 Karim Ghobrial-Sedky, MD, MSc · Panelist

Dr. Karim Ghobrial-Sedky is board certified in general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, sleep and addiction medicine. He has held several academic positions including Penn State – Hershey Medical Center, University of California – San Diego and most recently Cooper Medical School of Rowan University/Cooper HealthCare. He is currently a professor of psychiatry in the institution and is the medical student educational director. His passion to help provide early management of children and his appreciation to better outcome channeled his passion in joining the NJPPC directorship for the Cooper Site covering the South Jersey area. Dr. Sedky works directly with transitional navigators and pediatricians to provide psychotropic medication management and referrals.

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