Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry provides an array of clinical services though efforts of 6 child & adolescent psychiatrists, 3 child & adolescent psychologists, 10 advanced trainees in fields of child & adolescent psychology and child & adolescent psychiatry, and 8 clinicians who are on the staff of the Bingham Clinic. These services cover a broad range of clinical disorders, provide a continuum of care for the community, and serve as a local and regional resource for the most complex psychiatric problems of children and adolescents.
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The Ackerly Child Inpatient Unit
The Ackerly Child Inpatient Unit at Kosair Children’s Hospital recently has expanded to 20 beds. The Ackerly Unit provides intensive diagnostic and treatment services for severely disturbed children and adolescents. These services include psychiatric and psychological evaluation, individual, group and family therapies, and educational evaluations. Many children require medical evaluations in the coordination of psychiatric treatment; this is provided by consultants from the Kosair Children’s Hospital. Hospitalizations are as brief as possible and discharge planning is initiated at the time of admission to allow the most appropriate follow up care to be provided. Ackerly has become a regional referral center with an excellent reputation.
Outpatient at Bingham Clinic
The Bingham Clinic, formerly known as the Bingham Child Guidance Center, has been in existence since 1913, and is one of the oldest child guidance centers in the country. For over two generations, the clinic has been a vital part of the activities of the department of psychiatry of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. The clinic provides outpatient psychiatric services for local children and for children throughout the region. These services include careful psychiatric and psychological evaluation and treatments including pharmacotherapy, individual psychotherapy, family therapy and education. Unique aspects of outpatient services include: evaluation and coordination of care of autistic children; evaluation of children who set fires; treatments for children with chronic illness; assessment and treatment of adolescent females with sexual behavior problems; and specialized family consultations.
Consultation Liaison Services
The Division provides an active Consultation Liaison Services to the pediatric wards of Kosair Children’s Hospital. Helping children of families cope with illness and the effects of trauma as well as acute sequelae of suicide attempts are the most common interventions provided. The Consultation Team includes the Chief of the Service, a Child & Adolescent Psychologist, and consulting trainees in both psychology and psychiatry. This program has expanded to provide specialty consultation services to cystic fibrosis and hematology and oncology patients. The service identifies patients for the outpatient CHIRP Program. The service evaluates approximately 500 children per year. The Kosair Children’s Hospital Emergency Room is the primary receiving facility for acute child and adolescent psychiatric emergencies. The Division provides 24-hour coverage for this service, including face to face consultations throughout the week and emergency consultations on the weekend. The service evaluates approximately 800-1,000 children per year.
For appointments or questions for any of these services, please contact the Bingham Clinic at (502) 852-6941.