Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program (ChAMP)

The ChAMP clinic represents a recent addition to our array of outpatient psychiatric services for children and adolescents, specifically focusing on Measurement-Based Care (MBC). Associated within the Faillace Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UTHealth Houston Center of Excellence on Mood Disorders, this clinic is dedicated to advancing patient care through a systematic and measurement-guided approach.

But what exactly is Measurement-Based Care? MBC entails the utilization of formal symptom measurements to inform and direct care—a practice deeply ingrained in the field of medicine. Many studies have shown that the use of valid, self-report and clinician-related measures and technology tools likely leads to earlier detection, better treatment adherence, minimization of side effects, and quicker remission for patients. The ChAMP clinic, specifically tailored to address pediatric patients with Mood Disorders and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), is working to elevate the standard and quality of care provided.

In terms of treatment and evaluation, the methodology employed in this clinic closely aligns with standard psychiatry visits, with only subtle variations in the assessment of patient care. The distinguishing factor lies in our application of quantitative assessments to gauge the progression of psychiatric symptoms. This approach enables us to closely monitor patients who may be struggling with adherence to their prescribed treatment plans, as outlined by their psychiatrists.

This project is generously supported by the Vivian L. Smith Foundation and The Favrot Fund.