OUTPATIENT PSYCHIATRIC CARE

Day Treatment Program

The Child and Adolescent Day Treatment Program targets a population of children whom because of severe psychopathology, cannot function in existing, less comprehensive programs. However, they are not in need of inpatient hospital services. Their psychological, familial, social, and educational needs require a multiple- input, interdisciplinary, comprehensive and integrated approach. The primary aim of the program is to provide individually designed therapeutic intervention in all these areas and to eventually assist the patients to reintegrate into the mainstream.

Services in the Child and Adolescent Day Treatment Program include individual psychotherapy, group therapy (including, but not limited to: life skills groups, art therapy, job-readiness groups, parenting groups, girls/boys groups, music therapy), family counseling, psycho-education, activities therapy, psychiatric and medical services, social work services, crisis intervention, case management and milieu therapy.

Patients are referred from within Bellevue programs, by the inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit and the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic, the Committee of Special Education (through the Central Based Support Team), the Agency for Children’s Services, Residential Treatment programs, and other programs.


Outpatient Clinic

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinic provides outpatient mental health services to children and adolescents from infancy through age 17 years of age and, through collateral visits, to their families and caregivers as appropriate.

The Clinic supports children and adolescents diagnosed with emotional disturbances that are not serious enough to warrant inpatient care. Support for families is always included.

Approximately 400 children, adolescents, and their families who are in need of psychiatric evaluation and/or treatment are seen annually, accounting for an estimated 9,200 annual visits among all our treatment modalities. The Clinic averages about 250 to 275 active patients at any given time.

The Clinic serves many nationalities and social classes, including children of professionals, children whose caregivers are either students or employees of New York University Medical Center or Bellevue Hospital Center, and children of United Nations’ families. Many children who are in foster care also receive treatment here.

The Clinic provides outpatient follow-up and treatment for children and adolescents who have been inpatients on Bellevue’s Child and Adolescent Inpatient Units. Whenever possible, continuity of the therapist is maintained during the transition from inpatient/emergency room to outpatient treatment.


P35 – a hospital based NYC public school onsite at Bellevue Hospital Center.

NYC Board of Education Therapeutic Classes (P35M Hospital Based School)
The New York City Department of Education’s Special Education District 75 provides citywide educational, vocational, and behavior support programs for students who are on the autism spectrum, severely emotionally challenged, and/or multiply disabled. One such service, operated in conjunction with Bellevue Hospital Center, is P35M – a hospital based Special Individualized Education program. It is a 12 month program for emotionally disturbed students aged 5-19 years who are unable to function in a less restrictive school environment. Classrooms are located on the 21st Floor (21E) of the main hospital (New Bellevue Building). Children placed in these classes also have assigned therapists in the Clinic and receive at least weekly individual psychotherapy and weekly group therapy, including Anger Management groups; some receive psychiatric medication as well. There are weekly scheduled meetings between the P35M school administration and the Clinic Staff to manage the unique needs of each student.