Behavioral and Mental Health Services at CHOP

Children’s need for behavioral and mental health services has grown exponentially over the last 20 years, and the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the crisis. The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is dedicated to offering the full continuum of behavioral health services —from preventive care to acute psychiatric services — to children and teens in need.

With increased support, the Department will be able to achieve its goal of bringing behavioral and mental healthcare to all Primary Care offices in the CHOP Care Network within the next three years. The division will also be able to establish fellowships, expand our pediatric behavioral health and neurosciences research, and create treatment programs for specific conditions, such as autism spectrum disorders and eating disorders.

The need for behavioral health services for children and adolescents is on an upward trajectory. Your support of Cheers for CHOP in 2023 ensures that CHOP will be able to meet this growing need.

Past Cheers for CHOP Beneficiaries

2021 – Center for Violence Prevention

The center is dedicated to reducing the exposure to and impact of violence in our community through innovative, evidence-based programs — which include bullying prevention in local schools, intimate partner violence screening in clinical settings, gun safety programs, and intensive support for assault-injured youth — that address the physical, emotional and psychological toll of violence exposure on children and their families.

2020 – Division of Urology

The first program of its kind in the nation, the Division of Urology has cared for children with the most complex urologic diagnoses in the world and has been at the forefront of improving the lives of children like Bracken.

2019 – Cancer Center

Home to one of the world’s largest, most skilled teams of oncologists and surgeons with expertise in pediatric brain tumors, the Cancer Center has revolutionized the ways brain tumors are researched and treated to help children like Stephany. Her family traveled 4,700 miles, from their home in Brazil, to access state-of-the-art proton therapy at CHOP to treat a cancerous brain tumor when Stephany was just 11 years old.

2018 – Division of Orthopaedics

One of the largest and most active pediatric orthopaedic centers in the world, the Division of Orthopaedics provides safe, state-of-the-art care for children and adolescents like Stephanie from diagnosis through recovery. An avid runner, she was diagnosed with acetabular dysplasia. CHOP performed a complicated surgical procedure to reposition her hip socket and preserve her hip joint.

2017 – Division of Pulmonary Medicine

The Division of Pulmonary Medicine cares for more than 14,000 patients each year. The division treats the most complex and rare respiratory problems, including asthma, cystic fibrosis, sleep disorders, chronic lung disease and pulmonary hypertension. The team provides lifesaving support like supplemental oxygen, noninvasive ventilator support and mechanical assisted ventilation for kids like Omar.

2016 – Emergency Department

One of the most active pediatric emergency centers in the nation, the ED cares for nearly 90,000 patients a year.

2015 – Child Life

CHOP’s Child Life Program is dedicated to helping children and their families cope with illness, injury, treatment, hospitalization and the overall healthcare experience. It is the most comprehensive program of its kind in the nation, with more than 50 specially trained staff. Thanks to child life specialists, patients like Marlon learn how to better cope with illness through medical play, art and music therapy.

2014 – Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment & the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care

The inaugural Cheers for CHOP raised funds for the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment and the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care, the most state-of-the-art outpatient facility in the nation. Since then, the event has brought hundreds of Philadelphia’s most fun and philanthropic young influencers together each year, raising more than $4.5 million over the past seven years to benefit breakthroughs in pediatric research and care for CHOP programs.

About Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Every day, teams at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia make breakthroughs that transform children’s lives. Since our founding in 1855 as the nation’s first children’s hospital, we have made extraordinary discoveries, trained generations of leaders, and advocated for children everywhere. Our pediatric research program, one of the largest in the country, has set a new standard for scientific innovation around the world. As a nonprofit charitable organization, we rely on the generous support of donors who are inspired by our work — and our mission.