The Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC), located within Cincinnati Children’s, is the admission and evaluation center for all psychiatric services.

PIRC is dedicated to providing high-quality evaluations and access to mental health services across the entire continuum of care. The service provides the community with reliable, professional triage and assessment by licensed independent behavioral health clinicians with more than 150 years of combined experience.

Services provided by the PIRC include:

  • Admission and evaluation center for children and adolescents in acute crisis at both Cincinnati Children's Burnet and Liberty Campus Emergency Department.
  • Expert assessment and recommendation to help you determine the next steps in treatment for your child
  • Clinical telephone triage and response
  • Inquiries about inpatient care, outpatient care, community services
  • Mental health link to the community,  including outpatient referrals
  • Psychiatric consultation  for patients admitted to the medical center
  • Insurance pre-certification and authorization of mental health services at  Cincinnati Children’s
  • Intake services

Anyone with mental health questions is encouraged to contact the PIRC at 513-636-4124 or The PIRC is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round. 

What to expect if you come to the Emergency Department 

The mental health evaluations in the Emergency Department (ED) are completed by psychiatric social workers from the PIRC. The goal is to assess patients with an immediate crisis and recommend an appropriate level of care. When arriving at the ED, families need to register for a psychiatric evaluation.

Evaluations are generally first come, first served, based on treatment room placement. Please remember that you and your child may encounter a significant wait. However, your child will be monitored by the ED staff in a safe environment. Rest assured that everything will be done by the PIRC and ED staff to try to expedite the experience.