We have never seen a crisis in mental and behavioral healthcare like the one children and youth now face. At Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, our response is to expand services to deliver the right care in the right place and at the right time. This ambitious approach requires significant investment from CHOP and from our dedicated donors.Make a Gift
We’re Making Progress Through Advocacy, Partnerships and New Programs
In the dozen years since Tami Benton, MD, assumed leadership of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, CHOP has added behavioral and mental health staff across the institution, created new clinical programs and developed partnerships to treat more children in the hospital, in the CHOP Care Network and in the community.
Accomplishing that will require significant investments as we build capacity and infrastructure in the form of space, staffing and research. CHOP is a national leader in specialized behavioral healthcare, and in addition to our own enterprise-level investments, we depend on generous support from donors like you to bridge significant funding gaps.
We’re Committed to Addressing Barriers to Access
Our current locations and staff are not large enough to serve all the children and youth who need behavioral and mental healthcare, so CHOP is making significant commitments to open new facilities and add staff. These exciting developments will allow us to provide additional access to the appropriate level of care — whether that is routine or intensive outpatient appointments, inpatient treatment, or crisis care.
Bringing Services to Schools and the Community
While expanding and building physical space for behavioral and mental healthcare is important, to meet the tremendous need, we also need to partner with our local communities to identify the needs and provide services — in the community — that have a positive impact.
A new three-year program will bring research-backed behavioral health interventions to more Philadelphia schools.
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death in children and young adults ages 10 to 24. This center wants to change that.
One of the key elements of the Healthier Together Initiative, CHOP’s commitment to tackling the social determinants of health, is to help kids overcome trauma and grow resilience.