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Pediatric Behavioral Health Consultation and Liaison Services

The Pediatric Behavioral Health Consultation and Liaison team provides compassionate, expert multidisciplinary care to children and families facing acute or chronic physical illness. Our team members encompass multiple disciplines and include psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and behavior specialists.

Our team works in partnership with your primary inpatient medical team as part of the comprehensive care you and your family deserve by:

  • helping support, guide, and promote adaptive behavior in response to the stresses of illness

  • assessing and managing emotional and physical pain in a developmentally appropriate manner

  • identifying psychopathology when present and making appropriate treatment recommendations, including cognitive behavioral therapy, supportive (“talk”) therapy, behavioral programming, relaxation skills training and psychopharmacology when appropriate 

  • collaborating with your primary medical team in the evaluation and management of a variety of other clinical circumstances such as:

    • emergency evaluation of dangerous or unsafe behavior

    • disordered eating or feeding

    • traumatic event or loss

    • optimization of treatment adherence

    • pre-procedural evaluations and providing support to patients and families

    • co-morbid psychiatric illness or emotional distress in physically ill children

    • medically unexplained symptoms or psychosomatic disorders

    • psychopharmacology in children with complex physical illness or medication regimens

    • resource coordination for outpatient psychological and psychiatric services

    • facilitating transfers to more intensive levels psychiatric of care as needed

Referral Requirements
Requests for a Behavioral Health consultation may be generated by any member of a Children’s Hospital medical or surgical team, including house staff, nursing and social services, as well as by parents or guardians. The child’s attending physician must approve the request.

Contact Information 
4401 Penn Avenue
3rd Floor - Lawrenceville Medical Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15224 
412-692-5100 Phone  
412-692-5986 Fax

Last Update
March 5, 2012
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Last Update
March 5, 2012