The Division of Child Psychiatry provides inpatient treatment to children and adolescents at Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center located in Springfield, Illinois. Children age four and up receive intensive inpatient services and psychiatric evaluation. The teaching service involves child psychiatry fellows, resident psychiatrists and medical students. The Division of Child Psychiatry also provides consultation services to primary care physicians for children hospitalized at either Memorial Medical Center or St. John's Hospital.
The Division of Child Psychiatry was created to provide mental and behavioral health services to the youth of central and southern Illinois. Our shared vision is that all young people will develop to their fullest potential emotionally, behaviorally, and interpersonally leading their lives with a sense of self-worth, competence, and connection to others. Our mission is to develop and promote practices that foster mental health, detect and diagnose areas of dysfunction, and provide treatment and support to children and families in need.
The Division of Child Psychiatry outpatient clinics deliver services to approximately 1,000 patients per month, with the majority of families residing in the 13 surrounding central and southern Illinois counties. The patient population mirrors the community (80% Caucasian, 15% African American, and 5% Other) ranging from urban to rural, encompassing ages from newborn to young adult, and drawing from all socio-economic backgrounds. Telehealth programming additionally extends services into the extreme southern and west-central areas of the state.
Services include diagnostic evaluations, ongoing medication management, and consultations for other mental health and primary care providers, child forensic evaluations, psychological testing, and psychotherapy. Treatment is provided for the full range of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders with methods such as play therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy.
Child Psychiatry faculty members also provide services in a variety of additional settings. These include consultation clinics at the SIU Department of Family and Community Medicine; outpatient clinics at The Children's Center (a program of the Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois); consultation through Springfield Public School District #186; inpatient Pediatrics units of the Carol Jo Vecchie Women's and Children's Hospital (a Children's Miracle Network hospital); residential substance abuse programming at Gateway Foundation; and inpatient psychiatric care at Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center.
The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship is a two-year program accredited through the ACGME to train board eligible child psychiatrists. Medical students, therapy interns, and residents in general Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Family and Community Medicine participate in Child Psychiatry clinical programming. Case consultation and educational support including CME programming is provided both directly and through videoconferencing to pediatricians, family practitioners, general psychiatrists, and therapists in both academic and community settings throughout central and southern Illinois.
Research is ongoing in the areas of medical education; collaboration between mental health and primary care; telepsychiatry; ADHD; adverse reactions of pharmacotherapy; and familial grief.
Mary I. Dobbins, MD, Associate Professor and Division Chief
Pamela Campbell, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Rebecca Loschen, LCSW, Adjunct Instructor
Stephen M. Soltys, MD, Professor and Chairman
Ayame Takahashi, MD, Assistant Professor and Child Fellowship Training Director
Sandra Vicari, PhD, LCPC, Associate Professor
Gene Brodland, LCSW, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Cross Appointed Faculty:
Glen Aylward, PhD (Pediatrics), Associate Professor
Children's Healthcare Partnership
The Division of Child Psychiatry is also a member of The Children's Healthcare Partnership (CHP), which was formed in 2008 to increase access to coordinated care for children with complex conditions that include mental illness or developmental disabilities. The CHP is composed of:
- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine
- The Hope Institute for Children and Families
- The Children's Center, a program of Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois
- The Autism Program of Illinois
The children's service providers of the CHP are working collaboratively to develop a comprehensive approach to the whole child where children receive coordinated care for all their medical needs. Services include primary care, psychiatric care, behavioral health services, rehabilitative services including occupational and physical therapy, and dental and optometric care. The projects goal is to provide improved coordinated for all the children served at Noll Medical Pavilion. Ultimately, it will be a model that can be replicated across the nation.
Approximately 7,000 children from across central Illinois are being served at the Noll Medical Pavilion by the Children's Healthcare Partnership. For more information about the Children's Healthcare Partnership, call (217) 757-7700.