The Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison (C-L) Service provides inpatient and outpatient psychiatric consultation, evaluation, and treatment related to the psychological adjustment of children and families with acute and chronic mental illness at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals. The service receives approximately 250 inpatient consultations annually. Consultations are provided to all pediatric inpatient services, including general pediatric inpatient services, pediatric intensive care unit (at Roosevelt Hospital), neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, and other pediatric sub-specialty services. Children served are those who present with psychiatric complications of a medical illness or a primary psychiatric disorder complicating a medical illness. Non-compliance with medical treatment, child abuse / neglect / maltreatment, complicated medical and/or neuropsychiatric syndromes, medical illnesses presenting with psychiatric symptoms, chronic pain, failure to thrive and emotional adjustment to medical illness are among the many types of presenting problems. The multidisciplinary C-L team works closely with pediatricians, nurses, child life specialists, pediatric nutritionists, and others with the goal of facilitating the medical care of the child and the psychological well being of the child and family. Upon discharge, if needed, children may be referred to an inpatient child and adolescent inpatient psychiatry unit or may be followed up through the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic. Other children may be referred to community mental health agencies or private mental health providers in their area.
Outpatient C-L services include services for pediatric patients with chronic illnesses and co-morbid psychiatric conditions or psychological factors, which impact on their medical care.
The Consultation-Liaison Service is available on a 24-hour basis to medical/surgical pediatric inpatients hospitalized at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center.
For Information, or to refer a child, contact
Aleksandra Krunic, MD, Director
Phone: (212) 523-2513
Phone: (212) 523-3082