Illinois DocAssist provides assistance to primary care providers, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other health professional to screen, diagnose and treat the mental health and substance use problems of children and adolescents up to age 21. The service is available to providers who are enrolled in any medical program administered by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS).

 www.psych.uic.edu/DOCASSIST

Illinois DocAssist is a free service that provides:

  • Problem-based consultations to medical and other health professional to guide the mental health substance use assessment of children and adolescents.
  • Continuing medical education (CME) credit for training on behavioral health topics designed to assist primary care physician and other health care practitioners in identifying and treating specific conditions.
  • Education via web-based clinical resources and office-based training workshops, including:
    • The use of screening tools and diagnostics aids.
    • Stepped-cared algorithms to guide clinical decisions, including when to treat and when to refer.
    • Ways to improve the integration of mental health and substance use assessment and treatment into the delivery of primary medical care
  • Identification of community resources for children and adolescents who require assistance outside of the primary care setting.

Accessing Illinois DocAssist

Primary care providers, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other health professionals enrolled with HFS and involved in the care and treatment of children and adolescents up to the age of 21 can consult with a member of our staff.

Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm (CST), at 1-866-986-ASST (2778).

Problem-based consultations are provided for non-emergent situations. Our staff will complete a phone consultation (usually within one business day), followed by a written consultation summary.

Additional resources are available by accessing the Illinois DocAssist web site at:

www.psych.uic.edu/DOCASSIST