Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health

The Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Brookdale Hospital has a long tradition educating clinicians and providing specialized mental health services to the community. Our department was one of the first in the nation to provide training to psychiatrists interested in helping children, adolescents and their families. We are still the only Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Department providing training and treatment through a nonprofit private institution in Brooklyn. Our commitment is to provide the highest standard of care to our patients and to serve the community through creating mental health awareness and providing education.
Children and adolescents are evaluated and treated in the Outpatient Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Department, Inpatient Child Psychiatric Unit, Extended Observation Beds, Emergency Care (Child & Adolescent Interview and Observation Area) and the Mobile Crisis Team.
We offer comprehensive clinical care for a range of conditions provided by psychiatrists and other clinicians through interdisciplinary teams. Each patient will be in the care of a team of professionals collaborating to meet the comprehensive evaluation and treatment needs of children, adolescents, and their families. Services may include parent education and support, medication management, individual psychotherapy, group therapy, school advocacy, and psychological testing and assessment.
Our faculty is also available for second opinion evaluations or one-time consultation to families and clinicians. Through a centralized intake process, services are streamlined to optimally fit the individual child's and family's needs.

The Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic

(on the 12th floor of the CHC building)
Children between the ages of 6 to their 18th birthday can be evaluated at our clinic by a team of professionals. Our staff works closely with parents, walking them through the evaluation process, helping them understand their child’s diagnosis and helping them make treatment decisions based on our recommendations. Our patients are assigned to see a psychotherapist for individual talk therapy and to a child & adolescent psychiatrist (doctor) who will discuss the child’s symptoms and available treatment options with the family or guardians, which may include medications when needed, and will provide the information they need to make important decisions in the treatment of the child. Other forms of therapy may include Group Therapy and Parent Training (in which a therapist meets with parents to talk about their child’s behaviors and how to open communication).

Child Interview and Observation Area (CIOA)

The child emergency room provides 24-hour, 7 day a week psychiatric evaluation for children ages 6 – 18 years.

Child Extended Observation Beds ( Child EOB)

Two beds are available to provide longer observation and emergency treatment up to 72 hours for children between the ages of six to 18th birthday who come to the child emergency room.

Child Inpatient Service

All child admissions are accepted through emergency room. Inpatient services are available to children between ages 6 to 14. Patients participate in daily therapeutic groups including Art Therapy and Dance Movement Therapy assisting patients in self-expression, communicating difficult feelings as well as building confidence and self-esteem.

Department of Psychiatry:
Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health

Division Director: Manuel Lopez-Leon, MD

Coordinator: Alexa Ponce, LCSW


For more information, please contact: (718) 240-5640

For appointments call: 718-240-6168


Director of Education and Training: Claudio Vazquez, M.D

Director, Outpatient Services: Camille Archer, M.D

Director, Inpatient Services: Surya Nethikunta, M.D


Child Emergency Room: (718) 240 -7195

Child Inpatient Services: (718)240-8305