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Located within the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Children's Hospital, our Psychiatry Consultation Service provides expert mental health and counseling support for children, parents and other family members confronting the strain of chronic illness and hospitalization.
When a child is admitted to Boston Children's for a medical condition, feelings of anxiety, sadness, stress, fear and even anger are common for both the patient and the family. Boston Children’s is a renowned leader in all aspects of child and adolescent psychiatry. Our experienced clinicians deliver compassionate, family-centered care that always treats your child as an individual, first and foremost.
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In the flurry of bustling activity, seemingly endless procedures and flood of information that can emerge when a child is admitted to the hospital with a serious medical illness, it can be all too easy to overlook signs of psychological stress—or to miss more serious mental health issues that might be impacting the entire family. Our Psychiatry Consultation Service clinicians are specially trained to recognize symptoms of anxiety, depression, fear, worry and anger in patients admitted to the hospital. Because Boston Children's is dedicated to delivering compassionate, family-centered care, we also involve you and other family members in every stage of your child's treatment plan—and we are available to guide and support you, as well.
The Psychiatry Consultation Service at Boston Children’s Hospital operates entirely on an inside referral basis. We respond to consultation requests from members of a child's medical or surgical team.
Parents and guardians of admitted patients can request a consult with the Psychiatry Consultation Service, but this request must first be approved by the child's attending physician.
All of the patients we treat have been admitted as inpatients to Boston Children's. If continuing mental health services are desired or necessary after a child is discharged from a medical floor, we will connect the family with our colleagues in Boston Children's Behavioral Medicine Clinic, which works with medically ill children and their families on an outpatient basis or with other community providers closer to home.
Patricia Ibeziako, MD initially came to Boston Children’s to study child psychiatry—a rare specialty in her native country, Nigeria. Since completing her education and becoming director of Boston Children’s Psychiatry Consultation Service, Ibeziako continues to help train child mental health specialists in Nigeria. Learn more about her work.
In 2006, Boston Children’s co-authored a paper, “Children’s Mental Health in the Commonwealth: The Time is NOW” that highlighted the critical need for increased, improved and revitalized mental health services for Massachusetts children and families. Today, Boston Children’s is working closely with other health providers, nonprofit organizations, educators and parent groups to advocate for a comprehensive reform of the state’s mental health system.
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