Cleveland Clinic Children’s Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry through our Neurological Institute, offers a comprehensive spectrum of mental health services for children from infancy through adolescence. Our pediatric psychiatric services are designed to meet the needs of children, adolescents and their families in times of adjustment or crisis.
To learn more about what our Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers, what we treat, and how to make an appointment, please visit our Center for Behavioral Health site.
Financial counselors are available to help with questions about insurance coverage. In addition, our social services department can provide referrals to community resources.
School Mental Health
Cleveland Clinic Children's School Mental Health Program works in collaboration with local school districts to help students address the mental health concerns that can or are affecting their success (both academic and social/emotional issues). Our program's practice model is highly collaborative with the student's treatment team, which consists of Cleveland Clinic Children's staff, primary care providers, school staff, the student's caregivers and the student.
School Mental Health Program services include:
- Triage/assessment of student's needs.
- Referral to most appropriate services and service providers.
- Mental health assessment.
- Caregiver (parent, guardian, etc.) counseling, education and support.
- Psychiatric evaluation and treatment.
- Training for school staff.
- Participation in school meetings (504, ETR, IEP and others).
- Collaborative care with the student’s current care providers (pediatrician/primary care provider, counselor/therapist and others specialists) and family.
Services typically initiate with a referral to our mental health navigator, a trained mental health professional. The navigator obtains information from the referral source (school staff, pediatrician/primary care provider, family member, etc.) and reaches out to the student’s primary caregiver to clarify their mental health needs. Based on the student's identified needs, the navigator will provide referrals for the caregiver to follow up with and/or schedule services. If the School Mental Health Program does become a service provider for a student, releases of information (ROI) are obtained so that services are provided collaboratively with the family, school and other service providers.
School Mental Health Program services are available to school districts that have an established formal relationship with our program. Current school districts who work with us include Cleveland, Lakewood, Solon and Strongsville City Schools. The services provided in each of these districts vary, with the most extensive program operating in Lakewood. In Lakewood, the School Mental Health Program operates in coordination with Cleveland Clinic Children's School-Based Health Care (which shares space in Lakewood High School), as well as other primary care providers, such as the Cleveland Clinic Center for Family Medicine, Neighborhood Pediatrics and Neighborhood Family Practice. Extensive involvement and collaborative work occurs with our team and the staff from all schools in the Lakewood City School District.
Learn moreFor more information about Cleveland Clinic Children's School Mental Health Program, please contact:
Michael Carr, LSW, LPCC-S
Manager, School Mental Health Program