Rady Children’s Psychiatry Department provides comprehensive mental health and psychosocial services to children, adolescents and their families. Benjamin Maxwell, M.D., is the department’s interim director.

We offer a full range of outpatient services for conditions including depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorders, behavior problems, psychosis and eating disorders. Inpatient services are provided for children and teens with psychiatric illness, eating disorders and medical/behavioral disorders.

Plans are also underway to open the region’s first pediatric psychiatric emergency department. Learn more.

Outpatient Clinics

  • Diagnostic evaluations
  • Medication evaluations
  • Treatment including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy and parent education
  • Psychological testing

These services are offered at several locations in San Diego County, and bilingual and bi-cultural staff are available. Services also offered at our Torrey Hills location. Emergency and crisis intervention is available 24 hours a day through the Sam S. and Rose Stein Emergency Care Center.

Behavioral Health Urgent Care

Rady Children’s Behavioral Health Urgent Care, offered at the Mid-City Urgent Care location, provides services for children, teens and their families struggling with urgent emotional and/or behavioral concerns that pose a risk to their safety or the safety of others, or that significantly impair their daily lives. This program has been made possible by a generous grant from Price Philanthropies.

Inpatient Services

All of these services are provided on the main Hospital campus, enabling patients to access the full range of medical services if needed.

School Mental Health Services

Mental health services in selected school districts throughout San Diego County

Developmental, Psychological and Neuropsychological Evaluations

Click here for information about our Developmental Evaluation Clinic and Autism Discovery Institute.

Autism Services

Click here for information about our Autism Discovery Institute.

Complex Developmental and Mental Health Needs

Click here for information about KidStart.

Sleep Disorder Assessment

Click here for information about our Sleep Center.

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