VMAP Historical Timeline

2017 - 2018

Inova Children’s Hospital, Fairfax County and Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) sponsor REACH programs to train primary care providers (PCPs) on screening, diagnosing, and managing mental health conditions in children and adolescents.

May 2018

Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (VA-AAP) receives a $20,000 grant to educate pediatric providers on managing mental health conditions. The program was called Healthy Minds, Healthy Children. 

June 2018

VA-AAP and the Virginia Center for Health Innovation receive a $182,452 grant from the Potomac Health Foundation to hold a REACH training program in the catchment area for the Potomac Health Foundation.

Sept 2018

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is awarded a five-year HRSA grant awarded for $445,000/year for the program which becomes the Virginia Mental Health Access Program (VMAP).  Application is completed in collaboration with the VA-AAP and stakeholders from VCU/VTCC, UVA, ODU, CHKD, Inova, CNHS and Carilion. 

Workgroups for PCP Education, Child Psychiatry Consults, Care Navigation and Telehealth formed.  Legal contracting and infrastructure building for VMAP child psychiatrist consult line and call center ensues fall 2018/spring 2019.  REACH programs continue, Project ECHOs start, and Mental Health QI projects begin.

oct 2018- dec 2019

Over 20 presentations on VMAP at various stakeholder conferences and groups reaching over 2400 stakeholders in health care, mental health, government, and the community.

First large stakeholder meeting held December 2018. 

Jan/ Feb 2019

Virginia Governor’s Budget for fiscal year starting July 2019 includes $1.23 million for VMAP through the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and it is passed by the General Assembly.  Funding supports fully implementing VMAP services in northern and eastern Virginia.

April 2019

VA-AAP is awarded $100,000 from Cigna to support REACH and Project ECHO programs.

June 2019

Fairfax County provides $135,000 to support child psychiatry consult services in northern Virginia.

Aug 2019

VMAP Consult Line opens to pilot PCP practices.

Jan 2020

Medical Society of Virginia Foundation named VMAP Administrator by DBHDS.

Jan/ Feb 2020

Virginia Governor’s Budget for fiscal year starting July 2020 includes $4.22 million to fully fun VMAP statewide.  However due to COVID-19 pandemic impact, amount is unallotted.

April 2020

Jenkins Foundation provides $50,000 grant to support VMAP.

June 2020

Fairfax County provides $100,000 to support child psychiatry consult services in northern Virginia.

July 2020

VMAP increases Consult Line coverage to 40 hours a week and adds feature that allows PCPs to request a consult online.



First regional hub services initiated in VMAP's Northern Virginia region, including care navigation services and a licensed mental health professional to assist with PCP consults.

NOV 2020

VMAP funding restored during Virginia Special Session. VMAP can now expand statewide!