What Inspires Us to Cheers

The need for behavioral health services for children and adolescents is on an upward trajectory. Below are a few of the reasons we are inspired to support behavioral health at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia this year.

Cheers for Innovation

The Medical Behavioral Unit (MBU) at CHOP, created in 2017, is the first of its kind in the country. The unit was specially designed to be soothing and safe, and the space is designated specifically for patients who have a medical condition that needs to be treated and who also have a mental health or behavioral issue that makes treatment challenging. The MBU is co-led by a physician and a psychiatrist and has been at near 100% capacity since it opened.

Cheers for Growth

Healthy Minds, Healthy Kids is a CHOP program that co-locates psychologists in 15 CHOP Care Network Primary Care offices to improve access to behavioral healthcare. The program has grown 300% since 2016, with the goal of being in all 30 primary care offices in three years.

Cheers for Proactive Intervention

Since 2007, CHOP has screened teen patients in the Emergency Department (ED) for mental health and social concerns like depression, suicidal ideation, emotional trauma, firearm access and substance abuse. Following the screening, patients are connected with helpful resources and consultations, if needed.

Cheers for Resilience

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Growing Resilience in Teens (GRIT) is a proactive trauma screening and referral intervention program dedicated to buffering children against traumatic events to combat the mental health crisis in the West Philadelphia community. More than 230 individuals (including both children and caregivers) have received trauma support services — such as peer support groups, education and counseling — from the program.

Cheers for Partnership

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In partnership with Girard College, CHOP is providing wrap-around mental health services to students at this Philadelphia boarding school, which is geared toward students with limited financial resources. The multi-year initiative includes a CHOP behavioral health specialist embedded on campus; telehealth consultations with CHOP psychiatrists; and training of teachers, administrators and school counselors in how to screen children for mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and trauma, so they can be referred for treatment.