• Resources for Families

    A psychiatric illness can create a frightening, challenging situation for children and parents alike. The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s offers this list of resources to help children with mental illness and their families learn about and manage their conditions.

    When you have a child with special healthcare needs, you face the constant challenge of finding information and resources. The Special Needs Resource Directory can connect you to local, regional and national websites covering a wide variety of topics including community mental health resources, special education supports, recreation, support groups and online communities, financial assistance, and transition to adulthood.

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    Family-Centered Care

    Family-centered care is an innovative approach to the planning, delivery and evaluation of healthcare that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among patients, families and providers.  Family-centered care is a concept that describes teamwork among treatment team, parents, caregivers and families in patient care. As part of our family-centered care, we listen to and honor patient and family perspectives by incorporating patient and family knowledge, values, beliefs and cultural backgrounds into the planning and delivery of care. Team members share information with patients and families, encouraging and supporting participation in decision making. 

    We focus on quality-improvement initiatives to meet the needs of families to improve outcomes and quality of care. Our goal is to encourage strategies that lead toward wholeness, healing and strength.

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    Diagnosis Information

    We provide evaluations and intervention for a broad spectrum of child and adolescent mental and behavioral health concerns ranging from mood, adjustment and anxiety disorders to behavioral and developmental concerns.

    Conditions we evaluate and treat include:

    For more information on any of these conditions or questions about your child’s diagnosis, contact the Family Resource Center at the College Hill Campus at 513-636-7808. 

    Information for Schools

    We provide educational services in a structured, safe environment for all students as they undergo mental health treatment.

    Staffed by teachers from Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), our educational programs function on a traditional school schedule and are provided to all residential patients.

    How can parents and teachers support students as they enter our residential program?

    1. Provide current student records (attendance, transcripts, standardized and state testing results).
    2. Provide a current IEP that reflects the student’s change of placement from the previous educational setting to our public residential setting (EMIS code 210018).
    3. Provide the student’s current evaluation team report (ETR).
    4. Provide the name and number of a district contact person who can be responsible for all communications to address the student’s educational needs.
    5. Attend meetings to discuss treatment, address transition needs and sign necessary legal documents. 
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    Suicide Prevention: “Surviving the Teens”

    The teenage years can be an extremely challenging time for adolescents and their families. The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s created Surviving the Teens to provide information, resources and support to help guide teens and families through the ups and downs they might face.

    Visit the Surviving the Teens / Suicide Prevention Program for information on issues ranging from dealing with everyday stress to suicide prevention.

    Community Partners

    The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s partners with agencies in Cincinnati to ensure our patients have every resource available to improve their outcomes. Learn more about our partners and what they can do for your child and family.

    • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
      Its website provides information to aid in the understanding and treatment of developmental, behavioral and mental disorders.
    • American Psychiatric Association
      A medical specialty society whose members work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all people with mental disorders.
    • MindPeace
      A project of the Junior League of Cincinnati in collaboration with Cincinnati Children’s, it provides information on children’s mental health, including education, resources, support groups and events in Greater Cincinnati.
    • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Hamilton County
      The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) offers help and education for individuals and families affected by mental illness. Consumers of mental health services and their families are welcome to contact NAMI for information about meetings, programs and classes. The site also provides links to more information about the Children and Families Mental Health Network.
      Features online guides prepared by the American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to help patients, families and physicians make informed decisions about caring for a child with depression.

    County Mental Health Boards

    Changing Minds Newsletter

    Read past issues of the Changing Minds newsletter, available in portable document format (pdf):