Programs for Children and Adolescents
Children’s Psychiatric Center - Outpatient Services (CPC-OS) is the outpatient component of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Children’s Psychiatric Center. Patients utilize our services for a variety of reasons including major mental illness, trauma, disruptive behavior disorders, family relational problems, and school problems. Services are provided to children and adolescents (ages 2-18) and their families. Services provided at CPC-OS include:
- Mental health diagnostic evaluation
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Community Family Team
- Multi-Systemic therapy (MST)
- School-based therapy and consultation
- Behavioral management services
- Comprehensive Community Support Services
- Psychopharmacologic evaluation and treatment
- Psychological testing
- Community referral and consultation
In addition to providing direct service to clients, CPC-OS is a training facility for the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at UNM. The multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural approach here includes:
- Social work interns and fellows
- Counseling and psychology interns
- Child and adolescent psychiatry fellows and medical students
- General psychiatry, pediatric and family practice residents.
CPC-OS delivers services utilizing a wide variety of theoretical approaches, including the family whenever possible, and taking into account multi-cultural, social and economic issues as relevant.
In general, CPC-OS program goals are to provide high quality outpatient mental health care to children, adolescents and their families without regard for socio-economic or ethnic background; to prevent hospitalization and re-hospitalization of severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents; to reduce family dysfunction and child/adolescent psychopathology; to prevent or assist in the management of serious or chronic mental health disorders in childhood and adolescence; to assist in the improvement of quality of mental health care statewide; and to increase therapeutic effectiveness and responsiveness to community needs.
Referrals can come form any source such as parents, schools, the juvenile justice system, other medical facilities, community based programs, insurance providers, etc.
We ask that families bring the child, the child’s insurance card, the child’s social security card, current medications,
any previous mental health evaluations, a copy of the school IEP, a copy of the child's most recent physical examination
and if guardianship is an issue, legal papers indicating who has legal and physical guardianship.