The Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium was funded by the legislature to improve mental health care for children and adolescents in Texas. To implement that charge, TCMHCC has developed four initiatives to address different aspects of the challenge. The Child Psychiatry Access Network (CPAN) provides telehealth-based consultation and training to pediatricians to assist them with identifying and treating mental health issues in their patients. The Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine (TCHATT) program provides in-school behavioral telehealth care to at-risk children and adolescents. The research program will focus on peer reviewed health systems research, conducted collaboratively through networks and targeted at high priority areas affecting children and adolescents. And the workforce expansion program funds new child and psychiatry fellowship positions at institutions of higher education, and full-time psychiatrists and residents at community mental health centers.
Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine, or TCHATT, provides telemedicine or telehealth programs to school districts to help identify and assess the behavioral health needs of children and adolescents and provide access to mental health services. If you’re interested in joining TCHATT, please email us at email@example.com to see if it is available in your region. TCHATT is deploying first in those regions where an existing infrastructure can be expanded or a new infrastructure can be set up quickly. Who Can Access TCHATT? As of October 15, 2020, 96 school districts in Texas were actively involved with TCHATT, covering 1,124 schools and a total student population of 842,422. It is anticipated that the total number of covered students will expand to 1.33 million once the MOUs in progress are fully executed. You can see if your school or school district is enrolled or soon-to-be enrolled on the map below.
How to use TCHATT?
Share your concern with your school’s designated TCHATT liaison, or refer the student to your school’s designated TCHATT liaison. The school TCHATT liaison will ensure required consent forms have been signed by the appropriate party (i.e., student, parent, guardian). If the parent/ guardian agrees to TCHATT, the liaison will collect some basic information to share with TCHATT. The school TCHATT liaison then calls TCHATT. When the School TCHATT Liaison Calls TCHATT For urgent issues, further screening via telemedicine will be scheduled with the most appropriate TCHATT mental health specialist. For less urgent issues, we will schedule an assessment of the mental health needs. After a TCHATT Encounter, TCHATT staff may refer the student to a local pediatric psychiatrist or other mental health professional; a local pediatrician with support from pediatric psychiatry faculty; or the local mental health community center.
The Child Psychiatry Access Network (CPAN) is a network of academic hubs that provides telemedicine-based consultation, care coordination, and training to pediatric providers to assist them with identifying mental health issues in their patients.
One-fourth to one-third of the pediatric cases you see each day involve mental health concerns. You may not feel adequately trained to address these issues and, even if you do, they can be very time-consuming. The Texas Legislature funded CPAN to offer you free consultation and continuing education to help improve the quality of care you are able to offer pediatric patients with mental health concerns. How does CPAN Work? Register by phone or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Upon enrollment, your facility will be assigned a primary hub within your region. When you want help, call us at (888) 901-CPAN (2726) to speak with a pediatric psychiatrist or mental health clinician. Our goal is to return your call within 30 minutes or less. We will let you know when free CMEs are available to you. How to enroll Enrolling is quick and easy. Call us at (888) 901-CPAN (2726), press option 11 for the JPS/UNTHSC Hub. What can you expect as a participating provider? For individual primary care providers: Prompt access to a child psychiatrist for phone consultation on medication questions, including follow-ups. For practices that have behavioral health clinicians: Expert consultation on difficult cases. For pediatric health homes: Help to fully incorporate behavioral services into the practice through access to a child psychiatrist For patients needing specialized care: Help to identify resources for evaluation and ongoing care.