How it Works

For Health Care Professionals: 877-296-9049

The Periscope Project has three major components, all created to build capacity to treat the behavioral health needs of pregnant and postpartum patients.

Teleconsultation

The teleconsultation component is only offered to practitioners who have a National Provider Identifier.

Available Monday – Friday, excluding holidays, 8am to 4pm CST to eligible providers.

Placing a phone call to The Periscope Project will put the provider in touch with our Triage Coordinator. The Coordinator will obtain information about the nature of the call and verify basic provider information. If the provider needs to speak with the Perinatal Psychiatrist, they will receive a call back within 30 minutes of the initial call during Periscope Project hours of operation. Provider staff can call the triage line to provide the basic information and request a teleconsultation regarding a pregnant and postpartum patient.

Psychiatrists will support health care providers in managing the mental health care of their patients by assisting him/her in addressing their patient's mental health concerns and providing general education on the topic of pregnancy and postpartum mental health. Psychiatrists will not provide direct treatment via telephone. The intention is for the patient to remain in the care of their current provider. In some cases, the Periscope Project psychiatrist may recommend further evaluation by a general or sub-specialty psychiatrist. In those circumstances, referral recommendations will be made.

Topics for teleconsultation may include; diagnostic support, psychotherapy, treatment planning and medication concerns regarding preconception, pregnancy and lactation. Questions may be general or specific.

Before speaking with a perinatal psychiatrist, providers are asked to complete a brief enrollment form. Enrollment can be done ahead of time on the enrollment tab. If a provider is not enrolled when calling the provider line, they will be asked to provide basic information to verify eligibility

Providers will be asked to complete the full enrollment online within 48 hours. The enrollment process includes an explanation of terms of participation in The Periscope Project.

Community Resource Information

The Coordinator works with providers to assist them in identifying ongoing mental health and substance abuse support options. Resource information includes; peer support groups, psychotherapy services, mental health treatment (including prescribers comfortable in the management of pregnant and postpartum women), substance use treatment, and family services.

To access this information, health care providers will call the provider line and speak to the Coordinator. Health care providers will be asked to provide basic information during the call.

Education

The Periscope Project aims to educate providers through our online toolkit as well as discussions and video-based modules. The Provider Toolkit is available for download. This resource is intended for health care providers. It contains evidence based research and screening tools as well as treatment algorithms.

ACCME Accreditation Statement

The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 0.5 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.