Finding the right mental health treatment for children and young adults can be challenging. The goal of the Mood, Anxiety, ADHD Collaborative Care (MAACC) program is to work with you and your pediatrician, using a team-based approach known as collaborative care, to personalize your child’s treatment and monitor your child’s progress. During involvement in MAACC your child will have ready access to mental health specialists through your pediatrician with treatment being communicated and coordinated between professionals.
Visit our MAACC for providers page for more information on MAACC referrals.
All pediatricians who are involved with the MAACC program receive additional specialty training in assessment and treatment of mental health concerns. The following is an overview of MAACC procedures that you may encounter:
The MAACC enrolled pediatrician provides a referral for your child if they meet the criteria
A MAACC care coordinator calls you, the caregiver, to register with MAACC
MAACC personnel work with you to identify a psychotherapist if needed
The MAACC child and adolescent psychiatrist works with your pediatrician on a medication management plan if needed
Your child’s progress is monitored and discussed between MAACC providers, pediatricians, and treating psychotherapists
The Lurie Children's Difference
Lurie Children's has a commitment to the overall health and wellbeing of children and families. Essential to the care of the whole child is the early identification and treatment of common mental health concerns including anxiety, ADHD, and depression. Lurie Children's, recognizing the increasing need for mental health care, is adopting a collaborative model to work with community pediatricians to improve early access to quality care closer to home. The collaborative model of care has been identified as a successful and consumer-friendly model of delivering evidence-based treatment for mental health care. It involves increased communication and follow up and care delivered by your pediatrician.
Frequently Asked Questions
This initial appointment will support the development of a treatment plan for your child. These appointments typically last 90 minutes.
Both the child and parent will have the opportunity to speak with the psychologist independently.
It is essential that you bring completed rating forms, sent to you before the first appointment.
Following this appointment the psychologist will review this information and develop a treatment plan, reviewing it with the child psychiatrist.
If needed, a second appointment can be scheduled with the psychologist to review the results.
You will be mailed a set of forms for you and your child to complete before your first appointment. There may also be times that we ask you to complete a measure over the phone with our care coordinator or send a measure to us via mail.
This is the written evaluation following your meeting with the psychologist that will be discussed with the MAACC child and adolescent psychiatrist and your pediatrician. Treatment plans typically include:
Personalized therapy recommendations and goals for therapy
Medication recommendations if needed
School and social recommendations
MAACC therapists include both Lurie Children’s Hospital psychologists and child and adolescent community therapists. MAACC works to find the best fit for your child, locating quality providers near your home, who provide evidence-based treatment (often Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and can see your child soon after an initial appointment with MAACC providers.
The pediatrician will be prescribing medication if it is recommended, with ongoing support from the MAACC child and adolescent psychiatrist on management and dosing. Your pediatrician has constant access to the psychiatrist through phone consultation.
The MAACC care coordinator contacts you to have you, your child, and sometimes your child’s teacher complete rating forms. This allows us to track progress from the first appointment. Additionally, we communicate with other care providers to adjust treatment plans based on the information we receive.
Parent/Patient Rating Forms
The following electronic forms are for patients currently enrolled in MAACC. Only complete these forms if instructed by the MAACC team.
MyChart gives you safe, secure online access to portions of your child's electronic medical record (EMR). MyChart also serves as a secure message center to communicate with your child’s healthcare providers and complete online questionnaires for enrolled programs. Click here to learn more about MyChart.
The MAACC program is supported by an anonymous grant maker to the Healthy Communities program. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312.227.7500.