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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.
A diagnostic evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of emotional and behavioral problems. A diagnostic evaluation will help you better understand your child’s mental health. Your clinician will summarize his or her findings and provide treatment recommendations. Your clinician may recommend treatment in Outpatient Psychiatry or elsewhere. If your clinician recommends treatment, we do not guarantee that you will be treated at Boston Children’s Hospital. Please note that diagnostic evaluations do not include neuropsychological testing.
To be eligible for a diagnostic evaluation in our clinic, patients must meet one of the following criteria:
We primarily serve patients who are 6-17 years old at the time of the scheduled evaluation appointment, but will sometimes see younger or older patients.
If you have questions about your child’s eligibility for a diagnostic evaluation, call our clinic at 617-355-6680 (option 1).
We do not evaluate patients in crisis, or patients who have an eating disorder or a substance abuse disorder as the main problem. For these concerns, we refer you to the following programs:
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:
After the initial screening, we will send you a family self-report form by mail to help us learn more about your child's mental health, general health and development. For your convenience, you can download a copy of our family self-report form here. Please bring this form with you to your evaluation appointment. Un versión de español de Cuestionario de Psiquiatría para la Familia está aquí.
The Outpatient Psychiatry Service uses an internet-based program called TriVox Health as one way to monitor your child's symptoms (such as inattention, anxiety, depression). During the initial phone screening, you will be asked if you would like to set up an account. You will also have an opportunity to set up an account for your child ifhe/she is 13 or older. If you agree to create a TriVox Health account, your provider may choose to send you or your child surveys prior to your first visit.
How to Find Us
Enter through the revolving door at the hospital’s main entrance, then turn left and take the blue Fegan elevators to the 8th floor.
For step-by-step walking directions through the hospital, you can download the Boston Children’s Hospital MyWay app for your smartphone.
Parking and Transportation
Boston Children’s Hospital is accessible by car and public transportation. For driving directions and information on parking and nearby MBTA service, click here.
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There are many amenities within the main hospital building, as well as in the surrounding Longwood Medical Area. For more information, click here.
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.”