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Behavioral Health Services

At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, we know that an emotional, behavioral or developmental problem can be confusing for children and adolescents – and for those who love them. Our Section of Behavioral Health offers a wide range of services to address the needs of these patients and their families.

Where should you turn after a diagnosis of autism, Down syndrome or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? What if your child is experiencing anxiety, depression or problems with alcohol or drugs? Our comprehensive, team approach brings together psychiatry, psychology, specialized pediatrics, counseling, parent support specialists, social work and nursing to help with every aspect of a child’s treatment.

As a national leader in childhood Behavioral Health research, we are pushing the field forward. As caregivers, we want to help with your child’s individual challenges.

Request an appointment online or call (614) 355-8080.

If you are in an emergency, life-threatening situation, call 9-1-1 or go to an Emergency Department. 




Franklin County Psychiatric Crisis Line

For crisis situations that are not life-threatening, mental health and substance abuse crisis services for Franklin County, Ohio, residents are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  • Youth and adolescents 17 and under should call (614) 722-1800.
  • Ages 18 and older should call (614) 276-CARE (2273).
  • For people living outside Franklin County, please call your county’s psychiatric crisis line number.

Youth and families already linked with a behavioral health professional should contact them first or crisis line provided by your health care professional.

Providers and Families:  It is recommended you call the crisis line before coming to Nationwide Children’s Emergency Department if possible. The Franklin County Psychiatric Crisis Line is staffed by licensed providers who can help you develop a plan of action and identify needed resources.

Behavioral Health Programs

Our programs include:    

  • Psychiatry provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. 
  • Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics addresses the developmental and behavioral needs of children, adolescents and their families.
  • The Child Development Center (CDC) and Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) offer interdisciplinary assessment and treatment of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and provide consultation, assessment, therapy and support services for children with autism spectrum disorders.
  • Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology focuses on the relationship between a child’s cognitive, social and emotional functioning and physical health.  
  • Crisis Services provides integrated care in the hospital and its clinics when there is a concern about a child’s danger to self and others.
  • Inpatient Services cares for children and adolescents with serious psychiatric disorders who are staying in the hospital when treatment cannot safely be provided otherwise.
  • Community-Based Services provide a broad range of family-centered services in school and at home. 
  • Outpatient Services offers assessment and treatment of mental and behavioral health concerns through standard outpatient individual, group and family interventions. Intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, including the Mood and Anxiety Program and Eating Disorders Program, are available for high-need youth.
  • Prevention Services supports the social-emotional development of young children and teaches them skills to manage their own feelings and behavior. Suicide prevention education is also taught in a variety of venues, including Columbus City Schools. The Center for Suicide Prevention and Research also provides services across the region. 

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Franklin County Psychiatric Line

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700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000