Akron Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron - Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC)
The Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC) answers questions from family members or other adults associated with children or adolescents experiencing emotional and behavioral health problems. In addition, PIRC staff conducts preliminary risk assessments for children and adolescents in crisis who are considered to be high risk. PIRC is available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and can be reached at 330-543-7472 or toll-free 1-866-443-7472
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Each agency has an intake and referral process. Individuals receive an assessment and/or referral for appropriate service options.
A diagnostic assessment is a clinical evaluation provided by a qualified professional in order to assess client needs and functioning, determine appropriate service / treatment based on identification of the presenting problem, evaluation of mental status and formulation of a diagnostic impression. The outcome of the assessment is to determine the diagnosis and recommendations for appropriate services/treatment and/or the need for further assessment.
Counseling and therapy services are provided by licensed clinicians. Treatment is of varied duration and uses individualized treatment plans.
Pharmacological Management services are provided by psychiatrists and advance practice nurses. Services include diagnosis and treatment, prescribing medication, on-going monitoring, and health screening.
Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment (CPST) is intended to assist the client in overcoming barriers and reducing the symptoms of mental illness in order to restore the individual's functioning to the highest level possible. CPST supports the individual's ability to take responsibility for managing his/her mental illness and achieving and maintaining his/her rehabilitative and/or recovery goals.
Intensive Home Based Therapy provides tailored counseling, community support services and crisis assistance to children and families experiencing a level of mental illness related distress that makes family disruption or placement of a child outside the home an imminent possibility. Immediate access to service at all times and multiple contacts per week are important aspects of this level of care.
This specialty program provides early identification and treatment of individuals experiencing first episode psychosis between the ages of 15 and 40. The collaborative program partners Child Guidance & Family Solutions with Community Support Services and Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) to support resiliency training, medication management, individual counseling, CPST and family education. The program goals are to improve employment / employability, reduce hospitalizations, complete educational goals, and decrease substance use and legal involvement.
Residential Treatment services are available as a treatment option. The ADM Board and Child Guidance & Family Solutions manage referrals for residential treatment, insuring that youth involved across systems (e.g. child protective services, juvenile court, or developmental disabilities) receive coordinated care and a supported transition to the family.
Partial hospitalization provides an intensive, comprehensive, structured goal oriented treatment service for persons struggling with an acute period of difficulty.