Psychiatry is a critical service in our outpatient program, especially if medication can help address a child’s problems. Psychiatric providers are the medical staff on the child’s team. Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners can evaluate a child for the need for further testing, help parents and children understand the illness and prescribe medication. Often medication in concert with psychotherapy or “talk therapy” is the most effective way to help children and their families improve their situations. Helping families understand the biological reasons for a child’s illness is very helpful in managing the symptoms they deal with every day. Psychiatric staff are available at several of our locations Monday through Friday.