APIC is a University at Buffalo Jacob’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences mobile psychiatric program. It is a 1.8 million dollar grant-funded initiative sponsored for five years by the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower, John R. Oishei, Patrick P. Lee, and the Margaret L. Wendt Foundations. We have obtained multiple addition funding sources and expect to be completely sustainable prior to the end of our grant.
We provide mobile psychiatric interventions and case management for children, adolescents, and young adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities whose needs are not being met by the current system of care. We do not replace current care. We assist, augment, and coordinate treatment to help create a sustainable plan for families, providers, and natural supports.
“A hospital is no place for an autistic child. When one of these children gets left in the emergency room by caretakers, social agencies view this as a safe environment and therefore feel no need to help find a better placement. In fact, this is a harmful if not dangerous environment for such children because inpatient psychiatric services are very overstimulating and are not geared toward behavioral management of developmentally challenged individuals.”