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Child Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine

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Call 413-794-5555   for assistance and recommendations.

Discovering your child has a medical problem often causes the child and family great stress and heartache.

In collaboration with pediatric medical specialists, Baystate Child Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine offers comprehensive psychiatric and psychological services for children, adolescents, and their families.

Outpatient services include:

Our Family-Centered Approach

We offer family-centered care. This means your family’s needs are very important to us. We treat each child with specialized attention.

Your child is our highest priority. We hope you will entrust us to become a part of the broader team serving your child and family. We extend clear and open communication to all those who play an important part in your child’s life, including educators and other health care professionals.

Behavioral Conditions We Treat

We serve children and teens with a wide variety of behavioral and psychiatric conditions, such as:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mood disorders, including depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

If your child or teen has been diagnosed with an acute or chronic medical condition, they may need help adjusting to their new reality. We also help children with a range of conditions, including:

  • Blood disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac disorders
  • Diabetes
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Obesity

Whether your child is coping with a newly diagnosed medical condition or with a behavioral health challenge, we work with you and your child’s care team to develop a treatment plan.

One-Step Access to Services

The Central Intake Service at Baystate Medical Center (413-794-5555) provides a confidential link for patients, families, and providers for easy access to our services. This includes a streamlined referral system to quickly initiate treatment.

Learn more about Behavioral Health services for patients of all ages.

Child Partial Hospitalization Program

Children and adolescents from ages 5 to 18 who have emotional, behavioral, or psychiatric difficulties may benefit from our Child Partial Hospitalization Program. We provide compassionate, intensive crisis intervention and stabilization through talk therapy and activities aimed at improving emotional well-being.

The program can either provide an alternative to full hospitalization for children and adolescents, or serve as a transition from inpatient care to less intensive outpatient care. The goal is to improve their level of functioning while maintaining important family and community connections.

Expert Team to Care for Your Child

Our team of experts works closely with families, schools, community clinicians, and involved agencies to help children and adolescents function with minimal disruptions to their life:

  • Children typically participate in the program for a week or two.
  • Children and adolescents attend the Partial Hospitalization Program five days a week, from 8:50 am to 2 pm.
  • Children continue to live at home while they participate in our program.
  • Families are assigned a case manager who coordinates their child’s care and is their primary contact.
  • The multidisciplinary care team includes child psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, mental health counselors, and teachers.

Your Child’s Treatment

Our team members focus on helping your child learn skills to:

  • Manage their emotions
  • Improve their relationships
  • Meet academic expectations
  • Treatment is tailored to your child’s needs and includes:
  • Psychiatric consultation
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Family meetings
  • Individual therapy
  • Psychoeducational groups
  • Creative arts group
  • Academic/tutorial classrooms

Access

To learn more about our Child Partial Hospitalization Program, call the Behavioral Health Central Intake line at 413-794-5555.

Student Clinical Intervention Program

The Student Clinical Intervention Program (SCIP) is designed for students whose emotional behavioral and/or psychiatric difficulties are causing significant disruption in school, but who may not qualify for the Child Partial Hospital Program.

We offer:

  • Short-term, intensive crisis intervention
  • Thorough evaluation of psychiatric and behavioral health needs

The SCIP team includes clinical social workers and child psychiatric providers who perform a diagnostic evaluation, may prescribe medication, and have ongoing contact with students throughout their stay in the SCIP.

Length of stay in the SCIP program depends on individual needs and treatment plan, but is generally from two to four weeks in duration. Following the initial evaluation, the SCIP treatment team meets with the referring school district and the student’s family to discuss the recommended treatment plan, including anticipated discharge date.

SCIP treatment is focused on stabilizing the student’s mental health symptoms and facilitating their transition back into their designated academic placement. We provide recommendations regarding additional services, including educational supports and mental health services, to the school and family.

Expert Team to Care for Your Child

Your family’s primary contact is a case manager specifically assigned to you. This case manager coordinates all aspects of the treatment along with a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including:

  • Child psychiatrists
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Clinical nurse specialists
  • Psychiatric case managers
  • Registered nurses
  • Mental health counselors
  • Teachers
  • Your Child’s Treatment

Students attend SCIP five days a week from 8:50 am until 2 pm but continue to live in their home throughout treatment. Treatment plans are based on individual student needs. They include the following components:

  • Psychiatric consultation
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Family meetings
  • Individual therapy
  • Psychoeducational groups
  • Creative arts group
  • Case management
  • Academic/tutorial classroom
  • Milieu therapy (see below)

Students have one and a half hours per day of academic tutorial time. Massachusetts curriculum frameworks are followed. It is requested that your child’s school provide work assignments.

Milieu Therapy

Milieu refers to the treatment environment. Our milieu is nurturing and respectful. Your child feels safe, valued, and encouraged. They will succeed within and outside the program. Challenging behavior is viewed as the result of deficits in particular skills, and the focus of treatment is teaching these skills.

Access

Referrals to the Student Clinical Intervention Program may be made by special education directors or their designees. For referrals, please contact Behavioral Health's Central Intake Office at 413-794-5555.

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