6-12-12 (Rochester, MN) -- Beginning in August, family doctors or emergency room personnel caring for children with mental health problems will be able to call the Mayo Clinic for advice, under a new program funded by the state. Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson says the shortage of child psychiatrists is especially acute in Greater Minnesota. She says some social service workers are having to send kids two hours away to be able to see a psychiatrist to get their needs met. Officials expect the one-point-seven-million-dollar cost of the two-year program will be fully offset by reduced cost for hospitalizations and medications in the state's Medical Assistance program. But the consulting service with Mayo is also available to any Minnesota physician.