The Outpatient Psychiatry Service at Boston Children’s Hospital offers comprehensive evaluations for a wide range of conditions that affect the mental, emotional and social health of children and adolescents. New patients receive a diagnostic evaluation and specific treatment recommendations tailored to the child and family.
Who we see
Our first priority is to evaluate and treat patients who receive their medical care at Boston Children's Hospital or in a primary care practice in the Pediatric Physicians' Organization at Children's (PPOC). If your child receives medical care that is not affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital, we will direct you to seek other clinical resources.
We primarily serve children ages 6 through 17, but may consider younger or older patients based on the specific situation and their relationship with Boston Children's Hospital.
If you have primary concerns about a possible eating disorder in your child, we refer you to the Boston Children's Hospital Eating Disorders Program.
If you have primary concerns about a possible substance disorder in your child, we refer you to the Boston Children's Hospital Adolescent Substance Abuse Program.
If you have immediate safety concerns for you or your child, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Requesting an evaluation
To request a psychiatric evaluation, please click on "Request an Appointment" or call us at 617-355-6680 (option 1). We will call you for an initial screening within one to two business days. Please note that we must speak directly to the child’s parent/legal guardian.
Please have the following information ready:
your child’s full name, address and date of birth
your full name, address, phone number and relationship to the child
your insurance provider’s name (for example, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts), the name of the specific behavioral health plan covering the child (for example, Managed Care Behavioral Health), and the subscriber identification number
the name, address, and phone number of your child’s primary care physician
the name, address and phone number of your child’s referring physician (if different from the primary care provider)
a brief description of your child's behaviors and symptoms
- a brief description of your goals for the evaluation
After the initial screening, we may send you paperwork to help us learn more about your child's mental health, general health and development.