At Children’s, we know that behavioral and mental health are key to a child’s overall well-being. And we’re committed to addressing the growing demand for services to manage these increasingly common concerns impacting children today. We want to change the trajectory of the youth mental health crisis by partnering with our community to build a network of sustainable care for kids.
To be successful, we have to reach kids before they're in crisis. By providing access to a full continuum of care—prevention, intervention and crisis recovery services—we can help mitigate risk and support mind, brain and behavioral development throughout childhood.
Our team of psychiatrists, therapists, psychologists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners and other pediatric behavioral and mental health specialists utilizes a holistic, family-centered approach to care and evidence-based treatment methods. This, combined with a collaborative use of existing community resources and training for parents, providers and schools, will allow Children’s to continue striving to reduce stigma, lower the rates of depression and anxiety and instill resiliency in our kids to help them handle life’s ups and downs.
At this time, appointments are available via internal referrals only.
We offer both telehealth and in-person services at our outpatient locations, including:
- Medication management
- Psychiatric assessments
- Brief supportive psychotherapy
- Referrals to community care
- Crisis recovery services
- Bridge care for patients with acute psychiatric needs awaiting long-term treatment within the community.
In late 2023, we will offer expanded psychiatry services with the opening of the new Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Zalik Behavioral and Mental Health Center.
In addition to our Behavioral and Mental Health Clinic at North Druid Hills, the Zalik Center will provide a balance of prevention and outpatient treatment services, with crisis recovery services supported by training support from The Hope Institute. It will serve as a central location for Children’s providers and community partners to come together to deliver evidence-based care to kids throughout Georgia, and it will allow us to advance a statewide ecosystem for the support and protection of kids’ healthy mind and brain development.
Availability for telehealth will depend on the care team’s assessment of your child and their specific needs.
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- John Constantino, MD, Chief of Behavioral and Mental Health
- Olu Osoba, MD
- Andrew Ebner, MD
- Karyn Korsah, MD
- Kathryn Bertacchi, MD
- Kim Dobson-Callahan, MD
- Michael Bilak, MD
- Ruwaydah Hasan, MD
- Bianca Waters, MD
- Anastasia Alvarado, MD
- Avjola Hoxha, MD
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners
- Katie Daniel, PMHNP
- Gila Herman, PMHNP
- Gretchen Weeks, PMHNP
- Sonya Klein, PMHNP
- John Gransbach, PMHNP
- Nancy Larson, PMHNP
- Jorea Shirley, PMHNP
- Carina Platner, PMHNP
This listing is provided as a community resource for convenience and informational purposes. Listing of a provider or practice does not indicate an endorsement or recommendation of the practice or services by Children’s. Insurance, payment options, and availability listed are subject to change. Confirm the insurance, payment plan and availability (including telemedicine vs. in-person sessions) with the individual practices. Contact your healthcare provider for additional resources or to discuss coverage.
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