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Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Services

ECHN’s Child and Adolescent Ambulatory Services is committed to making a difference in the lives of children and adolescents who are facing behavioral health challenges.

In a respectful, caring and compassionate environment, we address the issues that are impacting a young person's interpersonal, social, emotional and/or academic life. We value families and see them as equal partners, with the clinical team, working to improve a young person's overall wellness.

Our staff includes psychiatrists who specialize in treating children and adolescents for issues including:

General Description of Clinical Services: 

  • Assessment and triage that assures clients are referred to the appropriate level of care based upon their need.
  • Stabilization and therapy are provided in the least restrictive environment.
  • Collaboration with families, schools, community health care providers, community agencies, other psychiatrists, pediatricians, family practitioners and others identified by the family as significant to child’s treatment.
  • Referrals for clinical services can come from parents, schools, courts, other providers, DCF, inpatient units, residential facilities and/or Crisis services.
  • A board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist leads the clinical team in the after-school programs and conducts psychiatric evaluations, medication evaluations and medication management in all programs.
  • Master’s level licensed therapists, with clinical expertise in a variety of specialties, provide therapy in all services.
  • A licensed occupational therapist conducts functional assessments and provides treatment when needed. 
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an evidence-based treatment approach, is the model used in all services and serves as the foundation for teaching new skills.

Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services:

  • Psychiatric evaluations, medication evaluations and medication management are available for children and adolescents ages 3-18 yrs of age.
  • Staff include a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, APRNs, LPC, and a licensed Occupational Therapist.
  • Additional services for adolescents include:
    • Individual Therapy
    • Family Therapy
    • Group Therapy
    • Substance Abuse Evaluations
    • Substance Abuse Group

Adolescent Partial Hospital and Intensive Outpatient Programs:

  • Adolescents who require more intensive services than traditional outpatient services, but who do not need the inpatient level of care, can attend an after school program.
  • The Adolescent Partial Hospital Program and Intensive Outpatient Programs offer comprehensive treatment in a structured and supervised therapeutic environment. These Programs can help prevent the need for higher levels of care.
  • The Adolescent Partial Hospital Program is 4 hours/day and participants attend 5 days/week.
  • The Intensive Outpatient Program is 3 hours/day and participants attend 3 days/week.
  • Adolescents will have an individualized treatment plan designed to address their specific problems.
  • Both Programs include an intensive Substance Abuse Tract for adolescents with substance abuse issues.
  • Both Programs use a team approach with staff comprised of a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, licensed therapists (LCSW, LMFT, LPC, and LADC), a licensed Occupational Therapist, and Mental Health Counselors.
  • Both Programs include a variety of therapeutic modalities, including individual and family sessions, group therapy, DBT skills groups, substance abuse groups and functional therapy groups.
  • The Psychiatrist will complete an assessment on all patients, including an evaluation for medication if indicated.
  • Manchester Memorial Hospital helps accommodate those families without transportation who are working by providing transportation from school to the Program.

The Child & Adolescent Ambulatory Services Program is located at Manchester Memorial Hospital, 71 Haynes Street in Manchester. We can be reached by calling our main line at 860.647.6827 or the Behavioral Health Referral Line at 860.647.6800.