Clinical Services for Students | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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Providing Direct Help

Our program provides direct help for children and adolescents who are referred for consultation and evaluation. The aim of the CATR: Supported by TCHATT program is to offer access to mental health care throughout our region in Texas through assessing children and adolescents who may be experiencing increased stress, anxiety, depression, or other concerns. 

How it Works

The program starts with a referral by a counselor or other school official. Once referred, students will participate in an initial assessment with the licensed mental health clinician and the student’s parent or guardian. The program’s success is measured utilizing assessment scores and comparing initial assessment scores with follow-up assessment scores. 

Step 1: Student Referrals 
  • The program starts with a referral from a school counselor or other school official.
  • Once a parent authorization is received, students will participate in an initial assessment with one of our licensed mental health clinicians. 
  • Appointments occurring during school hours in order to reduce the amount of time students are out of class. 
  • Each school is provided with the following to assist with virtual appointments for the students:
      • iPad
      • Portable Scale
      • Stadiometer
      • Blood Pressure Machine 
Step 2: Initial Assessment 
  • The initial assessment with the student, administered by our licensed mental health clinicians, occurs through a HIPAA compliant telemedicine forum.
  • The assessment will involve the student’s parent/guardian and the student.
  • The purpose of the initial assessment is to assess and evaluate the student, identifying possible mental health concerns by using specific, research-based assessment tools.
Step 3: Triage
  • Based on screening results from the initial assessment, individual students may be presented to CATR: Supported by TCHATT triage team.  
  • Each student receives personalized care as determined by the multidisciplinary team.
Step 4: Follow-Up Care
  • Recommendations are presented to the student and the student’s parent/guardian.
  • If the student is referred to the clinical psychologist or to the child and adolescent psychiatrist, the patient navigator will schedule telemedicine appointment and send the parent/guardian and the school counselor (or other school official) an invitation for the appointment. The school counselor will help the student get set up for the telemedicine appointment at the scheduled time. 
  • If extended care is necessary, additional sessions may be provided which may include a referral into the student’s community. 

Why Telemedicine?

Telemedicine is an excellent way for youth to receive personalized, expert care for their mental health needs. This method provides convenient access to professional mental health services along with time and cost savings.

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