About Cincinnati Children's

  • Mental Health Resource Toolkit

    This mental health resource toolkit was developed by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to help you diagnose, treat and guide your patients and their families through the challenges associated with mental illness.

    Our expert pediatric psychiatrists, behavioral medicine physicians and psychologists work together to help children, adolescents and their families cope with the demands of both chronic and acute mental health conditions, including how to schedule treatments and medication schedules.

    We also provide the most current assessment and treatment services, working in close partnership with you, the primary care provider, and the patient’s family to achieve the best possible outcomes.

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    Pediatric Intake Response Center

    The Pediatric Intake Response Center (PIRC) manages psychiatric patient consultation and intake for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Staff members are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 513-636-4124 or psychiatryresponse@cchmc.org.

    Screening Tools


    Cincinnati Children’s Center for ADHD

    AAP Guideline for Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD (.pdf)

    NICHQ Toolkit
    NICHQ (National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality) is an independent, nonprofit organization working for more than a decade to improve children’s health. It helps organizations and professionals who share this mission (typically, healthcare professionals and delivery organizations, foundations, government agencies, and community organizations) make breakthrough improvements so children and families live healthier lives.

    • The first edition of Caring for Children With ADHD: A Resource Toolkit for Clinicians is available free by accessing the NICHQ website. There is no charge for registering and creating an account. This toolkit is indexed by parent, teacher, and clinician forms, including Vanderbilts, ADHD management plans, coding sheets, parent resources, and behavior plans. Content can also be downloaded from the website.
    • The second edition was published in November 2011 after extensive review by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This is an updated version of the first toolkit, based on the newly revised AAP ADHD guidelines. These revised guidelines include an expanded scope of ages from 4 to 18 years. The second edition also has publications and forms in English and Spanish. This is not free but is available for purchase from the AAP Bookstore


    PHQ9 – Patient Health Questionnaire (.pdf)

    PHQ9 in Spanish − Patient Health Questionnaire on Page 5 (.pdf)

    Edinburgh scale for post-partum depression (.pdf)

    Surviving the Teens - Suicide Prevention at Cincinnati Children’s


    Screen for Child Anxiety Related Disorders (SCARED) child questionnaire (.pdf)

    Screen for Child Anxiety Related Disorders (SCARED) parent questionnaire (.pdf)

    Health Topic: Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents
    It is normal for children and teens to develop some fears and anxieties as they grow. Over time, normal fears fade as children learn more about what to expect from their environment and relationships with others. When their fears do not fade and begin to interfere with their daily life and activities, an anxiety disorder may be present.  These children should get prompt evaluation by a doctor. 

    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)


    JAACAP OCD (Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry) (.pdf)

    Screening Tools:

    CY-BOCS Children’s Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (.pdf)

    Y-BOC checklist (adolescent / adult) Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (.pdf)

    Substance Abuse

    The Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research

    The CRAFFT is a behavioral health screening tool for use with children under the age of 21 and is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Substance Abuse for use with adolescents. It consists of a series of six questions developed to screen adolescents for high-risk alcohol and other drug use disorders simultaneously. It is a short, effective screening tool meant to assess whether a longer conversation about the context of use, frequency, and other risks and consequences of alcohol and other drug use is warranted.
    CRAFFT - Provider
    CRAFFT - Self

    Other Screening Tools

    Bright Futures – Bright Futures is a national health promotion initiative dedicated to the principle that every child deserves to be healthy and that optimal health involves a trusting relationship between the health professional, the child, the family, and the community as partners in health practice.

    PSC and Y-PSC – The Pediatric Symptom Checklist is a psychosocial screen designed to facilitate the recognition of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral problems so that appropriate interventions can be initiated as early as possible. Included here are two versions, the parent-completed version (PSC) and the youth self-report (Y-PSC). The Y-PSC can be administered to adolescents ages 11 and up.

    Cincinnati Children’s Physician Services Toolkit

    Guidelines for Adolescent Depression - Primary Care (GLAD-PC) – Intended for dissemination to primary care providers in the US and Canada in Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Nursing and Internal Medicine. These guidelines may also be helpful to allied health professionals who care for adolescents.


    Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC)

    When a provider calls, the staff will assess the current psychiatric need and complaint and will connect the child to an appropriate mental health provider. If you have general questions or feedback for the Division of Psychiatry, call PIRC, 513-636-4124, or email psychiatryresponse@cchmc.org
    Learn more.

    Minds Matter (Ohio Department of Mental Health)

    Minds Matter is now available! The tools in this link are designed to help a physician prescribe the most appropriate medication at the correct dosage for some of the common psychiatric conditions of childhood: moodiness / irritability, ADHD, and anxiety. There are protocols for initiation and titration of medication and screening tools for many mental health disorders.


    MindPeace was created to help community providers connect to mental health resources. The list is updated on a regular basis. You can search for providers by zip code, insurance type, area of interest, etc. This website also maintains a list of in-school mental health providers in several school districts as well as their partnering lead agencies.   

    Ohio Pediatric Psychiatry Network (PPN)

    The Ohio Pediatric Psychiatry Network, or PPN, is a technologically supported system of consultation, communication, quality improvement, and direct services designed to increase access to child psychiatry consultation and triage for patient-centered medical homes, primary care, and community mental health provider organizations; and to break down barriers to integrated care through system-linking technology used by a coordinated and competent decision support network. The Ohio PPN provides timely and secure components to improve identification, triage, linkage, access and stepped collaborative care (i.e., detection, medication management, monitoring for safety and side effects, access to quality psychotherapy, and other evidence-based assessment/treatment guidelines) for Ohio youth.

    The participating psychiatrists are on the staff of the following hospitals:

    • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    • Akron Children’s Hospital
    • University of Toledo Medical Center
    • Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus)

    Providers may call 1-877-PSY-OHIO (1-877-779-6446) or submit a web request through the website for assistance from a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist.

    Eating Disorders

    Patients with suspected eating disorders should be referred to Laurie Mitan, MD, in Adolescent and Transition Medicine.

    For those with known eating disorders who require hospitalization, these resources should be helpful.

    Other Community Resources for Children

    Children who need behavioral therapy, diagnosis and treatment of ADHD or mental disorders, or families who need family counseling may be also receive care at one of these community resources. Some of these agencies also have school-based programs.

    Note: Children with Kentucky or Indiana Medicaid must seek care from providers licensed by their respective states. At this time, Kentucky and Indiana Medicaid do not reimburse services by Cincinnati Children’s psychologists and mental health therapists . If you have questions or have trouble locating a provider, call 513-636-4124 or email psychiatryresponse@cchmc.org.  


    Northern Kentucky: 


    Online Education