The 2008 Commissioner’s Distinguished Service Award & A State Senate Citation
At the award ceremony at the State House in Boston, Commissioner Barbara Leadholm praised Champagne for her, “dedication in reducing restraint and seclusion locally and nationally, developing promising alternatives, such as, sensory rooms. Your body of work preventing restraint and seclusion has crossed local borders and informed many states and organizations of the latest research, helping to make Massachusetts a national and international hub of alternative advancement.”
Since 2005, Champagne has worked with University of Massachusetts Amherst Mechanical Engineering Department conducting numerous formal research studies in the area of weighted modalities. That same year, Champagne helped to develop and initiate a Cooley Dickinson Hospital-wide response, known as code SAM (sensory approaches and methods), to help patients who are experiencing anxiety or distress. Champagne says a quality improvement study has shown that “early response to those in distress has lead to a decreased use of restraints and an increase in patient satisfaction.”
More recently, Champagne has collaborated with students and professors from the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Nursing, Baypath College and American International College Occupational Therapy departments and says these “expanded research opportunities have become fruitful in helping to begin establishing an initial body of research in the area of sensory modulation/integrative interventions, and in demonstrating the significance of interdisciplinary collaboration.”
Employed at Cooley Dickinson Hospital since 2001, Champagne has also been recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health for providing leadership to hospitals in the areas of facilitating culture change in mental health service delivery, program development and for initiating a broad range of therapeutic interventions designed to offer more person-centered, trauma-informed and recovery-focused care. In addition to her work at CDH, she is a professor, consultant, public speaker, researcher and has authored numerous publications.