Outpatient Services

Big Lots Behavioral Health 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.

Eating Disorders Program

The Eating Disorders Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers various levels of care to support children and adolescents diagnosed with an eating disorder or disordered eating.

Experts from Adolescent Medicine and Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children’s work with the child and family to stabilize eating behavior and health. The team also addresses concerns that may lead to disordered eating, including medical or psychiatric concerns.

A team of dietitians, physicians, behavioral health therapists, psychiatrists and nurses work together to meet each individual child’s needs at each level of care.

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Family Support Program

The Family Support Program provides mental health services to children and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse and/or exposure to domestic violence, childhood traumatic grief and adolescent relationship violence.

Our staff have specialized training in the treatment of child maltreatment, family violence and trauma. Group and individual treatment programs are available. Safe and appropriate family intervention is embedded throughout our practice.  We offer services at the Center for Family Safety and Healing and in the community.  

What To Expect

  • Children, adolescents and their non-offending caregivers will meet with a licensed therapist/provider, who has specific training in pediatric trauma and maltreatment.
  • A diagnostic assessment will be completed in the first two sessions to assess your child’s current symptoms and treatment needs.
  • Your child will meet weekly with a therapist for 60 to 90 minute sessions. Caregiver and/or joint family sessions may also be provided while your child is receiving Family Support Program services.
Mood and Anxiety Program

The Mood and Anxiety Program provides services and resources to adolescents aged 12-17 who suffer from a primary diagnosis of a mood or anxiety disorder.

The program is staffed with a multi-disciplinary team of behavioral health providers.

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Outpatient Psychiatry Services

Outpatient Psychiatry services are offered to youth to help with behavioral health concerns. Our psychiatric providers work with children to evaluate their needs and develop a care plan that may involve medication management and referrals to therapy programs. Services are provided in a variety of our Close To Home locations.

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THRIVE Gender Development Program

The behavioral health component of the THRIVE gender development program serves patients and families who may have gender identity related concerns.

These include:

  • Youth who may benefit by living their life in a gender that is different from their assigned gender at birth (socially and/or medically)
  • Gender diverse youth who may have emotional or mental health needs that are linked to being gender diverse
  • Youth who are looking to explore their gender within a therapy setting

THRIVE sees a variety of patients, from those just starting to explore their gender identity, to those meeting diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria and/or are looking to transition. Services range from therapy, to integrated services with therapy, psychiatry, social work, endocrinology and/or adolescent medicine.

What To Expect

  • You will meet with a mental health professional. This professional may be a therapist, psychiatrist or advanced psychiatric nurse practitioner, depending on the specific needs of your family.
  • The mental health professional will meet with members of the family together and separately, allowing each member to share their own experience privately with the clinician.
  • If a psychiatric evaluation is recommended, a holistic assessment (called an AGILE assessment, for affirmative, gender-informed, lifespan and exploratory) will be completed with your family over a course of two to three sessions.

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Treatment for Healthy Alternatives

Treatment for Healthy Alternatives provides counseling for patients with substance abuse concerns. Some of these patients also have mental health concerns.

Levels of Care

The program has two levels of care:

  • Outpatient, which meets with patients weekly or bi-weekly
  • Integrated Co-occuring Treatment, an intensive level of care, which meets with patients and families in their home and in the community approximately three hours a week

Both programs use motivational interviewing (which helps youth make positive decisions) and cognitive behavioral therapy (which helps change behaviors and thinking).

What To Expect

  • Our intake coordinator will gather information to determine which level of care is the best fit.
  • You will meet with a licensed therapist who has specialized training in working with patients with substance abuse problems.
  • A diagnostic assessment will be completed and a plan for treatment goals will be developed.
  • A urine drug screening may be used during treatment.

What Happens Next

  • The patient and family will be scheduled for regular appointments with their therapist to work toward meeting the identified goals for therapy.
  • A referral may be made to a psychiatrist.
  • At the end of the four to six month course of therapy with Integrated Co-occurring Treatment, the patient will be referred to a lower level of care.