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Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has missions of service, training and research, as part of the Department of Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center, and Maine Behavioral Healthcare – the behavioral health component of Maine Health.

The Division offers a continuum of services which includes the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic at Maine Medical Center and psychiatric inpatient treatment at Spring Harbor Hospital. We have close relationships with other programs of Maine Behavioral Healthcare, throughout Greater Portland, Southern, and Mid-Coast Maine, some of which also offer case management and home-based treatment.

We offer a variety of services and treatment options for those under 21 with mood, anxiety, behavior, psychotic, learning, and developmental disorders, those at risk for suicide, those who have experienced adverse or traumatic events, and substance abuse co-occurring with mental illness. Evaluations may include assessment of autism and other developmental disorders.

The Clinic staff includes child and adolescent psychiatrists, clinical social workers, a psychologist, and clinic assistants. Learn more about our services.

The Clinic offers consultation to pediatric and family medicine practices and to The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, and co-management of children with physical illnesses with associated emotional and behavioral difficulties. It includes an innovative program of close collaboration with pediatricians, the Child Psychiatry Access Program (CPAP), and it is part of a state-wide program of integration of mental health services and primary care.

We have a multidisciplinary team highly experienced in diagnosing and treating psychiatric and co-occurring disorders in youth that includes:

  • Board Certified child psychiatrists
  • Resident physicians in child psychiatry
  • Registered Nurse
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers
  • Psychologists

Training is one of the Division’s central missions. Residents in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, General Psychiatry, working closely with senior clinicians and attending psychiatrists, play a major role in treatment in the Clinic. Residents in Pediatrics and Medical Students are also involved in training.

Our Mission is to deliver timely diagnosis and effective individualized treatment to youth and families of greater Portland who experience mental illness or co-occurring substance abuse. We delivers timely assessments and provide expert evaluation and treatment for youth and families.

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