Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center provides integrated mental health evaluation, diagnosis and treatment services for children and adolescents. Affiliated with psychiatrists and psychologists from the Institute of Living (IOL) at Hartford Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center provides hospital-based behavioral health support for children with medical illnesses that require coordinated, co-managed care from both physicians and mental health clinicians. Co-managed care may be used to treat wide range of medical illnesses and has been shown to significantly enhance patient care for children and teens admitted for pain, rehab, eating disorders, diabetes, asthma, and cancer. Connecticut Children’s pediatric psychologists and psychiatrists provide comprehensive inpatient psychiatry consultation, and serve many of our outpatient subspecialty areas such as urology, gastroenterology, endocrine, and hematology/oncology.

As one of a select few children’s hospitals in the country to offer conjunct psychiatry and psychology care, Connecticut Children’s mental health specialists can determine the best treatment option to meet the needs of children and families who may be affected by a range of mental health conditions, including:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism spectrum disorders including Asperger’s syndrome
  • Bi-polar disorder
  • Conduct disorders
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Pervasive developmental disorders
  • Psychological factors affecting medical illness
  • Somatoform disorders such as conversion and somatization

Children, adolescents and young adults who are struggling with a behavioral health crisis are cared for in Connecticut Children’s emergency department (ED) where a behavioral health team is available 24/7. The behavioral health team works together to stabilize the crisis, arrange referrals and make recommendations regarding the level of care needed, such as inpatient psychiatric care, partial hospitalization programs, or outpatient services.

Connecticut Children’s also collaborates with the United Way of Connecticut 2-1-1 mobile crisis team to provide at-home follow up after discharge from the ED. The 2-1-1 mobile crisis team can offer an evaluation first, sometime preventing the need for one in the emergency department.

Between the co-managed hospital-based behavioral health support at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and the additional child and adolescent psychiatric services are available at Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living, the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry provides the full spectrum of clinical services to meet the behavioral health needs of children of all ages.