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.
When to Use TCHATT
Call TCHATT any time behaviors are seen or reported that have you concerned for a student’s mental health.
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.
Sarah Wakefield, MD, Texas Tech University Health Science Center
Alex Vo, PhD, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston