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Rural Mental Health Access

The Campus Alliance for Telehealth Resources (CATR) program seeks to improve the mental health of communities across West Texas through partnership with independent school districts (ISDs). CATR is supported by the Texas Child Health Access Though Telemedicine (TCHATT) to assist in directing counseling and telepsychiatry to students across our region, link families with community resources, and provide educational materials for school personnel through community learning collaboratives. The support from TCHATT allows this valuable program to span across the Panhandle Plains region of Texas and extends slightly into the Big Bend, Hill Country, and Prairies and Lakes regions. CATR: Supported by TCHATT improves access to mental health care expertise through free, time-limited mental health services to youth in need of urgent behavioral or emotional assessment and care.

List of Enrolled Districts


Services for Students

  • Provides mental health screening to students in grades 4 - 12
  • Provides mental health resources to the West Texas region
  • Convenient telehealth appointments
  • Follow-up care available


Services for Professionals

  • Case-based learning
  • Provides best practice models
  • No cost to independent school districts (ISDs)
  • Eligible for CEU credits



The goals of providing mental health assessment and mental health care in the school setting is to improve access, decrease stigma, decrease time away from school, improve community support, and improve outcomes as soon as possible so students can get back to the work of growing and developing into happy and successful citizens.

Dr. Sarah Mallard Wakefield, MD

Chair, Department of Psychiatry Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services