Child and Family Guidance and Consultation at CHKD provides diagnoses and treatment plans for children suffering from the effects of mental illness or behavior problems. Working in partnership with parents and child, we start by collecting a history of behavior and pay special attention to genetic, medical, developmental, educational, social and family factors to determine the best care for each patient.
Support For Children And Families
Our goal is to provide support and solutions for children and families through collaboration with their primary care physicians in the evaluation and treatment specifically designed for children suffering from mental illness. As expert consultants on pediatric mental health issues, we provide outpatient consultation, consisting of several visits, to diagnose and make treatment recommendations.
To provide personalized treatment, our pediatric psychiatrist may prescribe medication, change medication or recommend behavioral strategies before returning patients to the referring pediatrician. CHKD can help parents connect with appropriate primary pediatric care, if needed, and provide telephone consultation to the child's primary care provider.
Our psychiatrist is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry. He is licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine.
Conditions We Evaluate
Attention deficit disorders
How often will my child see the child psychiatrist?
Instead of seeing children on an ongoing basis, we provide outpatient consultation, consisting of several visits, to diagnose and make treatment recommendations.
Where do you see patients?
We see patients at Children’s Hospital’s main campus in Norfolk. Appointment days and hours generally are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Insurance and Referral Information
If you have an HMO, you must:
- Get a referral from your child's primary care physician before you call to make an appointment.
- Make sure that your referral has not expired. Many are good for only 30 days, so check yours before you come to your appointment. If your referral has expired, call your primary care physician and explain your situation. In most cases, your primary care physician will provide a new or extended referral.
- Bring the referral with you to the appointment. If you do not have a referral, or if the referral you have is expired, your HMO will not pay for your appointment.
If you have fee-for-service insurance or a PPO, you do not need a physician's referral to make an appointment.
We offer in-depth information about insurance in our billing and insurance section.