Emergency Psychiatry Service | Overview

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Located within the Department of Psychiatry, the Emergency Psychiatry Service at Boston Children's Hospital provides specialized behavioral  health services to children, teens and their families who visit Boston Children's Emergency Department in crisis.

Our goals are to stabilize our patients, promote healthy coping strategies and provide the most appropriate follow-up care.

We provide:

  • Psychiatric Evaluations
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Acute Treatment
  • Resource Referrals 

Is your child having an emergency?
If your child is at immediate risk for self-harm or is a danger to others, call 911 immediately.

If your child has MassHealth insurance, you may also contact the crisis team for an evaluation 24/7 at (800) 981-4357. They can help direct you to the crisis team in your community, who can come to your home to perform the psychiatric evaluation.

In the Emergency Department:
If your child is transported to the Emergency Department, they will first be evaluated medically for any health issues that may look like a psychiatric condition. They are then referred to a psychiatric clinician, who will perform an evaluation and make recommendations for treatment. Treatment can include crisis intervention in the Emergency Department, inpatient hospitalization, or referral to outpatient services.

Delivering psychiatric care in the ED: Keeping adolescents in crisis out of limbo

Carried out in the ED by a trained psychiatric clinician, Family Based Crisis Intervention aims to help the family learn how to talk to and support their teenager during a crisis, while reinforcing for teens that they can count on their parents so that they feel safe going home. Click here to read more.

In the spotlight

How-to guide to Boston Children's mental health services in Massachusetts

Boston Children's has teamed up with the Boston Bar Association to create this guide. Our aim is to help families access services and allow them to better understand how they can advocate for their children with mental health care needs.


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