Summer 2022
This summer marks MC3’s 10th birthday! 

In 2010, the crisis in child and maternal mental health was brewing, but had not yet been named. Around that time, I attended a national meeting and learned of the first child psychiatry access programs from Dr. John Straus, one of the grandfathers of child psychiatry access programs (CPAPs).

Inspired to start a CPAP in Michigan, I returned home and met with Mary Ludtke, a great advocate for children's and women’s mental health in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). We discussed the idea and Mary started connecting me with key people. We began to sketch out what the program would look like in our state and a couple of years later we officially launched MC3.

The program began with both modest means and scope in Kalamazoo and a handful of northern, rural Michigan counties and was originally funded through philanthropy. Initially, consultation calls were slow to come in as we built awareness of the program.

After a few years, MC3 began to be recognized for doing good work, and we earned the support from legislators who helped us secure generous funding through the Governor’s bipartisan Mental Health and Wellness Commission. Both federal match and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funding enabled further expansion to the UP and the Thumb regions. After that, we continued to gain additional funding that allowed us to continue growing the program. Today, we have a presence in all of Michigan’s 83 counties. 

In 2013, perinatal psychiatrist Dr. Maria Muzik joined our team and we expanded the program’s scope to include psychiatry consultation and education to support providers treating pregnant and postpartum patients. Dr. Muzik secured additional funding in 2020 that has allowed for enhanced perinatal provider support and direct care for patients via the MC3 Perinatal expansion initiatives.

Though we operate out of the University of Michigan, we proudly collaborate with colleagues at Michigan State University. This collaboration is invaluable and has helped extend the program’s reach.

Ten years into its existence, MC3 has expanded beyond anything I could have imagined in 2012–and it’s all due to your input, support, and help in shaping it according to your needs. 

Thank you does not even begin to capture my debt of gratitude to our incredible team of child and perinatal psychiatrists, behavioral health consultants, and staff, of which there are too many to name here. I also thank MDHHS for funding the program and enabling us to do this important work together with you. 

In the end, it is all about the relationships. Fridays are my days responding to consultation requests and they are joyous, as I am able to speak to so many of you, doing the brave work all over the state. Thank you all for doing this difficult and time consuming work as you take care of women and children with mild to moderate and incredibly severe mental health and psychosocial difficulties.

This is work that you never signed up for, but is now essential for our youth and women. I listen as you tell your patients’ stories, and your story, and I provide what support I can, holding you so that you can hold others. Surely it takes a village, and together we provide that. It is my hope that we can continue to work together for many years to come in support of children and women in our state. 

It’s all about relationships! Thank you for the first 10 great years!
MC3 will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. You are welcome to submit requests during that time, but your consult will not be coordinated until the MC3 team has returned to the office on Tuesday, July 5.
New & newly updated perinatal mental health resources
We are pleased to share these new and newly updated resources with providers who treat pregnant and postpartum patients:

Coming this fall: MC3 ECHO: Behavioral Health
You have spoken and we hear you. Providers in Michigan communities are frustrated with the lack of access to specialty-level treatment and are treating many children and youth with complex conditions.
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In response to these intense and ongoing challenges, this fall we are launching an ECHO® (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) program for providers who are seeking guidance and support when treating youth with complex behavioral health concerns.

Interested? Learn more here. Registration information to come.
Save the dates: Youth Suicide Prevention in the Primary Care Setting trainings this fall
Mark your calendars for our Fall 2022 sessions:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 4, 12-2 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 7-9 a.m. ET
  • Thursday, Dec. 15, 12-2 p.m. ET

Over the summer we will be updating the content for this training. Even if you have already participated in a previous Suicide Prevention Training with us, we encourage you to attend one of our fall sessions.
Registration information to come.
MC3 Perinatal expansion news & updates
The MC3 Perinatal expansion initiative is thriving, having received over 150 referrals to date. Clinical depression and anxiety drops by 50% in the first month of services for women in the program. The program is able to offer perinatal patients remote behavioral health consultation for clinics in Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Genesee, and Ingham counties if their providers are signed up for MC3.
Providers referring to the program may receive medication recommendations from the MC3 Perinatal psychiatrists, along with the treatment summary from the Behavioral Health Consultant.

To learn more about how your clinic can benefit from these offerings, visit our website or contact
Training modules with CMEs available online
We offer a broad range of educational videos for perinatal and pediatric health professionals on our website. Many of them have CMEs available.

Visit the Recorded Education Series portion of the Educational Presentations page on our website to check out our recorded educational offerings. You can use the search function to narrow down the type of content you are interested in.
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Ongoing support for providers
Provider Café: We're here to listen. The MC3 Provider Café is an opportunity to check in and talk about how you're managing your stress and the stress of your patients. We can discuss strategies and offer resources that might be helpful during challenging times. Private and group check-ins are available. Learn more about Provider Café.
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Group Case Consultations: We're here to offer guidance. MC3 Group Case Consultations give primary care clinics and provider groups educational opportunities to discuss and review patients with one of our consulting psychiatrists. Providers can present patient cases for review and recommendations or bring up general questions about behavioral health treatment for discussion. One-time or recurring scheduling options are available. Learn more about Group Case Consultations.
Upcoming trainings from Zero to Thrive
Our partners from Zero to Thrive are offering upcoming trainings in their Strong Roots curriculum. The Strong Roots programs were developed in partnership with parents and providers to deliver an integrated parenting and mental health curriculum that incorporates evidence-based concepts that can be configured or adapted for different audiences. Learn more on the Zero to Thrive website.
In the media
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Illustration from Medicine at Michigan magazine

"Children's mental health is in crisis": Medicine at Michigan magazine story featuring MC3 directors Sheila Marcus, M.D., Maria Muzik, M.D., M.Sc., and consulting psychiatrists Joanna Quigley, M.D., and Nasuh Malas, M.D., M.P.H.
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"Connecting Michigan clinicians with mental health resources": Michigan Minds podcast and article featuring MC3 Pediatrics Director Sheila Marcus, M.D.

Photo of Dr. Sheila Marcus by Doug Coombe

"Special report: COVID-19's silver linings for mental health care in Michigan": Second Wave Michigan article featuring a Q&A sidebar with MC3 Pediatrics Director Sheila Marcus, M.D.
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Illustration by Justine Ross, Michigan Medicine

"Alcohol use by kids - how to ask; how to help": Pediatric Meltdown podcast featuring MC3 consulting psychiatrist Joanna Quigley, M.D.
"Children as young as 8 should be screened for anxiety, experts recommend": Wall Street Journal article featuring consulting psychiatrist Nasuh Malas, M.D., M.P.H.

"USPSTF recommends for the first time that kids 8 and older get screened for anxiety": MDedge article featuring consulting psychiatrist Joanna Quigley, M.D.
Program pics
photo of Part of the MC3 Program Team gathered to celebrate the program's 10th birthday
Part of the MC3 Program Team gathered to celebrate the program's 10th birthday

Get support: "Physician Support Line," a free and confidential support line (888-409-0141) staffed by psychiatrists helping physician colleagues and medical students navigate the many intersections of personal and professional lives
Videos: MC3 Pediatrics & Perinatal
MC3 is part of the Michigan Medicine Department of Psychiatry

It is supported by funds from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services