The Periscope Project is a free resource for health care professionals treating pregnant and postpartum women. The Periscope Project has three major components, all created to build capacity to treat the mental health needs of perinatal patients.
The teleconsultation component is only offered to health care providers and professionals. They are not available to patients.
Available Monday – Friday, excluding holidays, 8am to 4pm CST to eligible providers.
“Teleconsultation” is a way for one health care provider to obtain professional opinion from another health care provider who is not located in the same place. Different from telemedicine, teleconsultations are not available directly to patients. With a limited number of perinatal psychiatrists in Wisconsin, The Periscope Project gives health care providers a means for discussing perinatal psychiatric disorders with an expert.
How it Works:
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.
The Periscope Project 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. The Periscope Project does not provide direct treatment to patients. 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.
Consultations are provided within the scope of the callers practice. That means the psychiatrist will discuss medications only with those providers with prescribing rights i.e. physicians and mid-level providers. Non-medical professionals, like home visitors, or ancillary support staff such as care coordinators/nurse navigators can call the provider line to receive education or access community resource information. The Periscope Project psychiatrists will not prescribe medications, diagnose, or provide direct treatment to patients.
Topics for teleconsultation may include; diagnostic support, treatment planning, and medication use in the perinatal period. 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 or email The Periscope Project. The Coordinator will assist providers with community resource information.
The Periscope Project aims to educate providers through our online toolkit, 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.