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A consultation and educational service
for pediatric primary care providers
in Mississippi

Who We Are

CHild Access to Mental Health and Psychiatry (CHAMP) supports primary care providers (doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) who have questions about mental health care such as diagnoses, medication management, or treatment planning. Working with local primary care providers, CHAMP delivers mental health services close to home where children and their families can be in familiar surroundings. We measure our success by primary care providers’ increased confidence in their ability to treat mental health issues and improved mental health in Mississippi children.

CHAMP is funded by a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant and administered by the UMMC Department of Psychiatry in conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health.

Learn More About Us
Meet the CHAMP Team

Primary Care Provider Contacts CHAMP

CHAMP Assigns Mental Health Specialist

CHAMP Specialist Calls Primary Care Provider

How CHAMP Works

  1. A primary care provider (doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) identifies a health concern in one of their pediatric patients. The provider can then reach out to the CHAMP Consult Line for clinical guidance on the evidenced-based options to treat the mental health concern.
  2. CHAMP responds by conducting a brief intake to understand the primary concern and the clinical history. The CHAMP coordinator will then assign a CHAMP Mental Health specialist to call the provider.
  3. A CHAMP Mental Health Specialist (Psychologist, Psychiatrist, or Social Worker) calls the provider and conducts a mental health consultation. Consultations usually involve medication management, behavioral interventions, screening, or referral assistance. CHAMP continues to be available for educational consultations as needed for either the same patient or a new patient.

Consultations are available for:

  • Mental health screening
  • Diagnosis
  • Behavior management
  • Medication management
  • Resources and referrals
  • Family support and advocacy