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NC-PAL promotes equity in behavioral health for North Carolina’s children, youth, and families.

We provide mental health consultation and education to North Carolina clinical and social service providers—building their mental health knowledge and capacity.

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Are you a provider looking for a pediatric or perinatal mental health consultation?

Our free NC-PAL telephone consultation line can help!
NC-PAL is not an emergency line.

How does it work?

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A provider has a question about pediatric or perinatal mental health

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They call the NC-PAL access line: (919) 681-2909

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Our behavioral health experts respond to questions about resources, diagnosis and treatment

Call (919) 681-2909 to speak with us!

Available Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Build Your Knowledge with NC-PAL

Continuing Education

NC-PAL is pleased to offer REACH PPP—a nationally recognized mental health training program—to primary care providers in North Carolina at no cost to participants!

Participants learn not only to diagnose and treat patients, but also to refer families to appropriate supports such as cognitive behavioral therapy. You’ll leave the training with tools you can use immediately.

Our next training session is:

July 12-14, 2024

REACH PPP Training — July 2024

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Lectures and Talks

Join us monthly for virtual lunches with expert speakers—or invite us to speak at your practice. The NC-PAL team is well-versed in pediatric and perinatal mental health topics.

Sign up or read more about learning with NC-PAL  

NC Youth Mental Health Care Dashboard

Our primary goal is to improve behavioral health care for youth and families across North Carolina. We built a series of maps and tables to show the current provision of health care in our state.

Explore the dashboard for insights into diagnoses, treatments, and prescriptions North Carolina youth receive and the providers who treat them.

Explore the Data

Access Provider Resources

If you need a hand determining your patient’s behavioral health concerns and severity, we’re continuously working to expand the available resources. From instructional videos to screening forms, we’re working to support North Carolina’s clinical and social service providers. Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.

Browse provider resources  

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Resources for Families

While our primary work is to enable providers to support mental health, we have collected some resources to help North Carolina families find information and connect with behavioral health care providers.

Check out family resources  


Programs: Extending Beyond the Clinical

We’re developing new programming to improve North Carolina’s overall mental health via collaborative care, behavioral health consultation in early childhood development settings, and improved support for intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our programs extend beyond clinical settings to support the schools and social services that are often the first point of contact for children and families with mental health concerns.

NC-PAL Programs: The Big Picture  

Latest News from NC-PAL

Join us for a presentation by Dr. Purnima Valdez, developmental-behavioral pediatrician. During this lunch and learn, Dr. Valdez will lead a discussion about how to address caregiver…
Join us in April for a Lunch & Learn with Dr. Richard Chung! Dr. Chung will share insights and practical tips on broaching and exploring mental health symptoms with teens—and more.