Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine (TCHATT)
TCHATT is one of the four main programs developed by the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium (TCMHCC). In 2019 the Consortium was created by the 86th Texas Legislature to leverage the expertise and capacity of the 13 state-funded health related institutions of higher education in Texas. The goal of the Consortium is to improve mental health and the mental health care system for children and adolescents across the state.
The TCHATT program creates and builds off existing telemedicine programs to assist public school districts with identifying mental health care needs and services across the state of Texas. Within West Texas, the TCHATT program supports the valuable work of the CATR program and allows for expansion across a larger region of West Texas.
How it Works
- A partnership is developed between schools and our team.
- Counseling services and telepsychiatry are delivered to youth within public schools.
- School personnel are guided in assessing, supporting, and referring youth experiencing mental health challenges.
- Our multidisciplinary team is made up of licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers, a child psychologist, licensed vocational nurse, child psychiatrists, and community health workers. We work collaboratively to effectively assess, refer, and treat students. We focus on the larger context the youth is situated in, including their current circumstances, and work together with the school counselor and family members to gain an informed understanding.
- We value individualized care and work with the student, family, and school to ensure adequate access to services. We strive to establish coordination between student, family, school, and community health providers to better meet the needs of the student while maintaining a family centered approach.