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July 2021

Virginia Mental Health Access Program

The Virginia Mental Health Access Program is a statewide program designed to help pediatricians address the growing mental and behavioral health needs of children and adolescents. This mental health program increases access to consults with child and adolescent psychiatrists (CAP) and licensed mental health professionals (LMHP), along with care navigation services.

VMAP has now served over 1,000 pediatricians statewide and over 126 providers in the eastern region have enrolled in the program.

Pediatricians can call VMAP for CAP and LMHP consults, and care navigation services to provide additional resources outside of the primary care setting. Our regional hub is fully staffed Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to support eastern region pediatricians.

This service is available to all primary care physicians in the community, and enrollment is free. As a VMAP enrolled provider, you also gain access to year-round education and training opportunities to develop the skill set needed to manage pediatric patients with mental health needs.

For more information on how to enroll, please visit To schedule a lunch-and-learn session or to receive more information about the VMAP program with our Eastern Region team, contact or call, 1-888-371-8627 ext. 2.

CHKD Opens Two New Facilities in Harbour View

CHKD specialty care, therapy services, and lab and radiology services have a new home in Suffolk. In an effort to consolidate services in one convenient location, two new centers recently opened adjacent to one another and combine services from several other CHKD locations in Suffolk. In addition, CHKD has expanded its services to include sports medicine physical therapy and ultrasound.

The CHKD Health Center at Harbour View, located at 5834 Harbour View Boulevard, will house specialty services including adolescent medicine, asthma, allergy and immunology, cardiology, dermatology, developmental pediatrics, gastroenterology and hepatology, Healthy You for Life weight management program, nephrology, pediatric and adolescent gynecology services, physical medicine and rehabilitation, laboratory and radiology services.

The CHKD Sports Medicine and Therapy Services, at the adjacent 5832 Harbour View Boulevard will offer sports medicine physical therapy, rehabilitative physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.

The former CHKD Health Center at Harbour View will continue to house Tidewater Children’s Associates only.

CHKD’s Health Centers at Burnett’s Way, Harbour View, and Harbour View North have all closed.

Virtual Lecture: Deciphering Beckwith-Wiedemann Spectrum

On July 24, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS) clinic team at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) will host a virtual CME lecture on current diagnostic and clinical management information for clinicians and caregivers with patients affected by BWS.

For those unable to attend, the lecture is being recorded and will be shared with all registrants. Learn more or register here.

CHKD Spine Program's 2nd Annual Scoliosis Festival

CHKD's Scoliosis and Spine program will be hosting its 2nd annual Scoliosis Festival on Saturday, August 21, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., at Coastal Prosthetics and Orthotics in Chesapeake (433 Network Station, Chesapeake, VA 23320).

Since many patients may have missed the opportunity to be screened for scoliosis during the pandemic, our spine program will provide free on-site scoliosis screening and education. Patients may then schedule formal visits based on their assessments.

Coastal Prosthetics and Orthotics will demonstrate how braces are made and show the latest bracing technology. Local scoliosis support groups and multiple spinal device manufacturers will have booths for additional education.

Encourage patients with a family history or concern of scoliosis to come out and enjoy various outdoor games and activities as well as food, beverages, and free gear. Questions? Contact our spine coordinator, Dallas Seitz, at We appreciate your help and support.