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How do I tell my child about ASAP?
Do tell your child something about the appointment before you go. Teens who aren’t given enough information, or are given incorrect information, may feel “tricked.” Some teens may decline to participate in a meaningful way in the interview if they find out the reason for the visit only after they arrive at the clinic.
Our office is located in the main hospital at 300 Longwood Avenue, on the 10th Floor of the Fegan Building. When you arrive at our office, one of our staff at the front desk will verify your personal and insurance information and collect the co-pay for your visit. You will then go into the waiting area until greeted by a member of our staff.
What to expect during your first appointments
Our diagnostic assessments take place over the course of three appointments scheduled in a two-to-three week period. During these appointments, you and your child meet individually with a pediatric clinician and a mental health provider. Each appointment lasts about an hour.
As early as the first appointment, ASAP clinicians start counseling about substance use. Most adolescents leave the first appointment feeling good about the appointment, and many start to make changes right away.
After your appointments
After your full evaluation is complete, you will receive a summary of our impressions and recommendations. The treatment plan agreed upon at the conclusion of the assessment will begin at ASAP, or if indicated, we will refer you to community providers.
Because demographic and insurance information is verified at every visit, please bring your insurance card every time you come to Children’s. If your insurance, address, or phone number changes, please contact the office so we can update it. This will help us in the event we need to contact you to change your appointment.
How does ASAP protect confidentiality?
ASAP’s medical records are highly protected and are not accessible to any individual or agency without specific signed permission from the parents if your child is under 18, or from you child if they are older than 18.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”