The Center for Healthcare Improvement for Addictions, Mental Illness, and Medically Vulnerable Populations (CHAMMP)

The Center for Healthcare Improvement for Addictions, Mental Illness, and Medically Vulnerable Populations (CHAMMP) is a Center of Emphasis at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

Harborview Medical Center established CHAMMP in 2006 to join its steadfast and highly successful mission to improve healthcare and the lives of people with chronic medical and mental conditions and substance abuse. At CHAMMP, we provide innovative and practical services to our partners in the areas of intervention development, testing, dissemination and implementation, and outcome assessment.

CHAMMP’s overarching commitment is to support Harborview Medical Center, King county, Washington state and national programs in improving healthcare for individuals with addictions and chronic mental and medical conditions. 

The People We Serve

Through research, program evaluation, and training, we are dedicated to creating opportunities and enriching the lives of people in Washington State and around the nation who struggle with chronic medical and mental illness and substance abuse. These are among Washington State's and the nation’s most ill, impaired, and expensive individuals. They are at risk for treatment non-adherence, have a high probability of premature death, and migrate back and forth between multiple disconnected systems of care often without receiving adequate and coordinated treatment. One of our main goals is to help our target population attain or restore levels of function even as they are challenged by dwindling support systems, disability, health care fragmentation, and increased risk of premature death. From a health services perspective, we strive to improve health care and service systems coordination while cutting current high costs and reducing complexity. Positioned at the crossroads of academia and the community, we are uniquely poised to provide effective and novel solutions for delivering mental health and addiction services integrated in the prevailing medical care systems available to our target population.

Our Core Objectives

CHAMMP is organized around three integrated objectives:

  1. To design and test clinically relevant interventions through funded research collaborations
  2. To evaluate state, county, and other publicly funded programs with the purpose of informing policy and program development
  3. To disseminate evidence-based findings through training and program implementation