In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CHAMP team has created a webpage of resources for issues related to the pediatric behavioral health issues caused by the pandemic. We understand this is a stressful time for children, parents and primary care providers. We hope that the following list helps support you as you shelter in place and adapt to the new normal.
The CHild Access to Mental Health and Psychiatry service, known as CHAMP, is a consultation and educational service for pediatric primary care providers in Mississippi.
UMMC’s Department of Psychiatry, in conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, has received a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide free and same-day telephone consultations to pediatric primary care providers in Mississippi. These consultations will be offered with an educational focus and will be performed primarily by UMMC child psychiatrists and child psychologists.
The CHAMP team supports primary care providers (doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants) with questions about mental health care such as diagnostic clarification, medication adjustment, or treatment planning. We will measure our success by primary care providers’ increased confidence in their ability to treat mental health issues and the improved mental health of Mississippi children. The CHAMP team hopes to enroll pediatric primary care providers as collaborative team members who are willing to work with us in a consultation model of care.
Mississippi primary care providers can call (601) 984-2080 to receive a free consultation with the CHAMP team. The CHAMP consultation line is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences: Managing COVID-19 Stress and Anxiety - External site
Center for Disease Control: Stress and Coping - External site
Mental Health America: Mental Health and COVID-19 – Information And Resources - External site
National Suicide Hotline - 1-800-273-8255 - External site
National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-7233 - External site
Seattle Children’s: Helping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety About COVID-19 - External site
Child Mind Institute: Supporting Families During COVID-19 - External site
World Health Organization: Helping Children Cope with Stress During the Outbreak - PDF
National Association of School Psychologists: Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19 - External site
National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Helping Children with Traumatic Separation or Traumatic Grief Related to COVID-19 - External siste
The CHAMP team believes that an increase in pediatric mental health issues is likely to be a consequence of the changes caused by the pandemic. Feel free to share the resources we have listed above with concerned families and check out the resources below that are specific to the healthcare profession.
CHAMP consult line - (601) 984-2080
UMMC: Mississippi testing resources and information
AMA announces private practice resources during COVID-19 pandemic - External site
Pediatric Mental Health Minute Series by the American Academy of Pediatrics
A list of Mississippi-based resources for families in need during the pandemic. Listings are for informational purposes, and do not imply endorsement.
Families as Allies - (601) 355-0915
Mississippi Today: Follow the locations of schools, churches and community centers offering free breakfast and lunch for children 18 and under - External site
Free COVID-19 screening and testing
Mississippi Chapter of the Salvation Army - External site