Providing Access Toward Hope and Healing (PATHH) is a group of mental health providers committed to improving the mental health system in Chicago.

Convened by Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and led by a steering committee, the collaboration is an alliance of 29 treatment providers, both non-profit agencies and private practitioners, that offer evidence-based, trauma-informed therapy for children and families who have experienced the impact of sexual abuse.

Through strong partner and funder collaboration, shared resources, coordinated mental health service delivery and advanced training for clinicians throughout Chicago, PATHH helps ensure that children have access to trauma-informed treatment in a timely manner. PATHH is committed to serving children who are most in need and may not otherwise have access to community service providers due to financial, transportation or language barriers.

Our Vision

Our vision is that all victims of sexual abuse as well as their families receive timely, appropriate, efficient and effective trauma-informed treatment in order to heal from the effects of sexual abuse.

Our Mission

Our mission is to maintain a collaborative partnership of Chicago-area agencies that will unite and work together to serve children and adolescents who have been affected by sexual abuse, as well as their families, in order to broaden and bridge access to mental health services.

PATHH White Paper

Written by Stephen Budde, PhD, LCSW and Jan Waters, MS, LCPC, this white paper recaps successes of PATHH, lessons learned and plans for the future of mental health treatment for children in Chicago. It also features recommendations for other organizations to replicate PATHH in their communities.

PATHH Partners

For more information, contact Jan Waters: (312) 492-3183 or

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