Approximately 13% of youth aged 8-15 experience a severe mental health disorder at some point in their life. A much higher percentage of children suffer from common mental health concerns including anxiety, ADHD, and depression. Sadly, without the right treatment at an early age, these mental health disorders can lead to consequences like suicide, incarceration, homelessness, and school dropout.

Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago recognized that the early identification and treatment of mental health concerns was essential to the care of the whole child. They also recognized that the need for mental health services was greater than what could be supported by traditional visits to their specialists. With that in mind, they launched the MAACC (Mood, Anxiety, ADHD Collaborative Care) program to improve early access to quality psychiatry care closer to home.

nurse communicationThe goal of the program was to train and assist the primary care community to provide specifically defined mental health services while providing better access to Lurie specialists for certain situations. This program serves children and young adults suffering from anxiety, ADHD and depression. To date, 15 Lurie Clinically Integrated Network practices and 65 primary care physicians (PCPs) have elected to participate in the program.

PCPs needed a way to send Protected Health Information (PHI) securely so that they could ask specific questions and provide the required background information for the specialists. In addition, Lurie’s psychiatry service team wanted to automatically route the questions coming in through the MAACC program to different resources depending on the type of question.

RapidConnect was introduced to facilitate that direct and secure communication between the trained PCP and the Lurie psychiatry specialty team.

In less than three months, at least 32 different PCPs have used RapidConnect to securely connect to Lurie Children’s psychiatry service to better address the mental health needs of their pediatric patients through referrals, medications and assessments.   And, more than 30 children have already received much needed care through their PCP in collaboration with Lurie Children’s psychiatry specialists.

To learn more about the role RapidConnect plays in the success of Lurie’s MAACC (Mood, Anxiety, ADHD Collaborative Care) program, read the complete case study or contact us to learn more.