Psychiatry is the largest and clinically most diverse section of Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

This integrated program of care for pediatric mental disorders was created via collaboration between Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University (OSU).

Services We Offer

Services available include:

  • Pediatric crisis assessment and management services
  • Consultation-liaison services for youth hospitalized at Nationwide Children's
  • 20 child and adolescent psychiatric inpatient beds at OSU-Harding Hospital
  • 16 child and adolescent psychiatric inpatient beds at Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • Intermediate levels of psychiatric care in the community, courts, and schools
  • A multi-site outpatient treatment program
  • A novel program to support mental health service delivery by primary care clinicians
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Medication Management
  • Parent Education
  • Outpatient Psychotherapy

Our decision support program offers advice and guidance to primary care clinicians who are caring for youth with mental disorders in the office setting. Educational experiences are offered to medical students and trainees in child and adolescent psychiatry, psychology, nursing and social work.

Collaborative research with investigators from the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s aims to improve access to psychiatric care and advance evidence based practice in real world settings. Novel initiatives include the use of electronic touch pads to enhance screening and diagnostic assessment efforts in specialty mental health and primary care settings, and a study of interactive voice response technology as a means of monitoring the safety of antidepressant treated youth.

Endowments of $1,000,000 each at Nationwide Children's and OSU established by the generosity of the Jeffrey family are being used to advance the development of academic excellence in child and adolescent psychiatry.

 Meet Our Psychiatry Team

Our comprehensive approach to care is provided by a multidisciplinary team – which may include a psychiatrist, developmental-behavioral pediatrician, nurse practitioner, psychologist, clinical social worker, and clinical counselor – to determine the best treatment options for each child and adolescent.

We offer child and adolescent psychiatrists, who specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis and pharmacology related to treating mental disorders.

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.

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

Resources For Providers

For Providers

Whether you are a member of Nationwide Children’s Hospital staff or one of the 3,000+ physicians who refer to us, we value your commitment to kids. Access resources for you. 

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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship is a two-year program that trains child and adolescent psychiatrists to meet the needs of youth and families.

Livingston Ambulatory Center

Livingston Ambulatory Center

Westerville Close To Home Center at 185 W. Schrock Rd.

Westerville at 185 W. Schrock Rd.

Conditions We Treat

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