Board-certified psychiatrists provide psychiatric evaluations or consultations for a variety of emotional and behavioral concerns. Following a comprehensive assessment the psychiatrist will discuss treatment options for your child or adolescent, including recommendations for therapy (individual, family, group, or in-home) and medications.
Sometimes a recommendation may include more intensive services such as the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. Treatment recommendations are based on the severity of symptoms and safety concerns at the psychiatric evaluation. We strive to ensure a comprehensive approach to behavioral health by coordinating with your referral source and/or other treatment providers.
- The psychiatric evaluation will include a review of:
- Current concerns
- Medical history
- Family history
- School functioning and history
- Developmental and social history
- Current and prior psychiatric history including hospitalizations, treatment with medications and therapy, any prior testing results, etc.
- The child/adolescent and the legal guardian(s) should be present for the evaluation
- Legal guardian(s) should bring copies of the child/adolescent’s current IEP, recent psychological/psychoeducational testing (if completed), list of prior and current medications with doses, and any documentation regarding legal custody
- The psychiatrist will develop a treatment plan and will provide additional recommendations or alternative recommendations to medication management as indicated