At Mount Sinai, we can help your children on an outpatient basis through Child Adolescent and Family Services. We offer these services at The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and Mount Sinai Morningside. We treat children from birth through age 17. Services include:
- Case management
- Comprehensive evaluation
- Crisis intervention
- Individual, group, and family therapy
- Parent training and support
- Pharmacologic evaluation and ongoing medication management
We use the latest research-based treatments. We know that all families have strengths and goals that can help children feel and function better. We believe the best outcomes are possible when families and caregivers are actively involved in their child’s treatment.
Center of Excellence in ADHD and Related Disorders
At the Center of Excellence in ADHD and Related Disorders, we use a variety of information in making a diagnosis. We interview parents and test the child’s intelligence, executive functioning, and academic performance. We also use a questionnaire filled out by you and your child’s teachers. Then we develop an individualized treatment plan. For more information, call 212-241-4423.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic
At all Mount Sinai locations, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinics evaluate and treat emotional disturbances in children from birth through age 17. We help with conditions such as disruptive behavior, ADHD, mood (including depression and bipolar disorders), anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and psychotic disorders. Our teams include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and trainees. We provide individual therapy, group therapy, parent training and support, family therapy, and medication evaluation and management. Our clinicians are trained in play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, family therapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy. We also offer the latest treatments. These approaches include trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy; the Coping Cat program to address anxiety; parent training geared to guardians of children with disruptive behavior disorders; and ACTION, a program to help with depression. We offer services in English and Spanish.
Clinic for Overcoming Anxiety in Adolescents and in Children
The Clinic for Overcoming Anxiety in Adolescents and in Children (COAACH) at Mount Sinai Morningside serves youth ages 5 to 18. COAACH provides evidence-based treatment (e.g., Cognitive Behavior Therapy) for anxiety and related disorders. At COAACH, your children learn skills to cope with anxiety. At the same time, you will learn to support, encourage, and advocate for your children. We also provide individual and family therapy and medication management. For more information, call 212-523-3082.
Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service
The Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service (CARES), based at Mount Sinai Morningside, provides a therapeutic school environment for New York City public high school students. We want children to achieve academic and social success. We focus on children who have run into trouble at school because of emotional and behavior difficulties. Those problems may be related to alcohol or drug problems. CARES offers education and therapy. We provide substance abuse treatment.
CARES motivates teenagers to examine and change their destructive behaviors. We teach them to cope effectively with life stressors and stop using substances. We develop a treatment plan designed for your child’s needs. We also provide education, life skills training, and therapy.
CARES offers two tracks depending on your child’s needs. The Adolescent Alternative Day Program (AADP) helps teens who have issues with social skills, anxiety, and mood changes. We offer a more focused, individualized, safe, and respectful school environment than regular high schools. We provide education and therapy. We have special expertise with teens who have severe emotional problems and school truancy. The Comprehensive Addiction Program for Adolescents (CAPA) serves youth who struggle with substance abuse. We can help those who are in recovery as well as active users interested in treatment. This program is designed for teens who require a great deal of structure. It lets children continue to live in the community during treatment. CAPA works with the Addiction Institute of Mount Sinai to help teens who may also have other issues, such as depression and other mood-related disorders, school issues, and legal problems. Our application form can be downloaded here; for more information, call 212-523-3083.
When children have a medical condition as well as a mental health issue, our Outpatient Consultation-Liaison (C-L) services can help. We can consult and treat a variety of issues including:
- Child abuse/neglect/maltreatment
- Chronic pain
- Complex medical and/or neuropsychiatric syndromes
- Emotional adjustment to medical illness.
- Failure to follow the medical treatment
- Failure to thrive
- Medical illnesses leading to psychiatric symptoms
Our C-L team works closely with pediatricians, nurses, child life specialists, pediatric nutritionists, and others in the pediatric emergency rooms and as well as the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai. We strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for your child and family.
Located at Mount Sinai Morningside, the Crisis Clinic treats children referred from local emergency departments, pediatric clinics, school-based mental health clinics, and inpatient units. We help youth who are moving from an inpatient facility back into the community. We also function as a bridge for children with emergency psychiatric needs until long-term care is available. Our clinicians provide psychiatric evaluations and work with families to offer education and support. We provide one to six visits before making a referral to another level of care. For more information, call 212-523-8080.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Program
The Mount Sinai Morningside Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program serves adolescents struggling with impulsivity, self-injurious behavior, and emotion dysregulation. Our comprehensive DBT program teaches teens and their families how to cope with stress and improve family communication. We offer individual therapy and family skills groups for teens and caregivers. Participants can also receive medication management. For more information, call 212-523-3075.
Eating and Weight Disorders Program
Young people who have issues with body image and food can come to the Eating and Weight Disorders Program at The Mount Sinai Hospital. We provide both regular and intensive outpatient programs to help children and adolescents with disorders that make them avoid food or severely limit or restrict what they eat, as well as issues with overeating. Our staff specializes in treating a range of conditions, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating, and obesity. For more information, call 212-659-8724.
Family and Teen Recovery Services
At Family and Teen Recovery Services (FTRS, aka “Futures”), we help adolescents ages 12 to 18 and their families. Our outpatient program is part of the Child and Family Institute at Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital. FTRS expands services beyond traditional mental health care. We offer trauma-informed assessment, prevention, treatment, and recovery services for teens and families affected by substance use.
FTRS helps adolescents and their families address: adolescent alcohol, nicotine, and substance use. We also support safe coping and healing from trauma. At FTRS, we help families learn effective communication skills and behaviors that support the recovery. Through this program, we provide one-on-one, group, and family therapy. We also offer separate groups for teens and caregivers. We can also help with medication management, risk prevention, and recovery services. For more information, call 212-523-9479.
Neuropsychological Services for Children
At the Mount Sinai Hospital, we offer comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for children and teenagers. Our assessments look at neurocognitive abilities such as language functions, sensory-perceptual functions, spatial and motor functions, attention, and higher-order executive functions. We can also offer an in-depth evaluation of a child's psychological status and academic skills. For more information, call 212-241-4423.
OCD, Tics, and Tourette Disorder Program
At the OCD, Tics, and Tourette Disorder Program we start with an in-depth evaluation. Then, we develop a personalized treatment plan, using advanced, scientific-based approaches. These techniques include behavioral therapies and medication consultations. We can help with symptoms and also address the underlying causes. For more information, call 212-659-8823.
Based at Mount Sinai Morningside, the Parent-Infant Center offers trauma-focused assessment and psychotherapeutic services for pregnant women, caregivers (adolescents and adults), and their children (up to age five). We strive to help you and your children develop healthy attachments. We work with the Home- and Community-Based Parent-Infant Center Project to offer services in your home, for pregnant women and children up to one year old. We also administer developmental screenings (called Ages and Stages) every six months. If we have any concerns, we may refer you and your child to the Early Intervention and the Committee on Preschool Special Education. We also work with foster care agencies, schools, social services agencies, and other community-based programs. For more information, call 212-523-3071.
Pediatric Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program
The Mount Sinai Hospital’s Pediatric Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program diagnoses and treats patients struggling with a range of conditions, including depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. In addition to evaluations and treatments, we also provide opportunities to participate in clinical trials. For more information, call 212-659-1660.
Seaver Autism Center
We assess and offer treatments for those with autism spectrum disorder and related neurodevelopmental disorders at the Seaver Autism Center. We also provide support and training for parents and siblings of children. We offer individual psychotherapy, social skills groups, psychopharmacological treatment, and community outreach. For more information, call 212-241-0961.