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The Child Guidance Clinic was set up in NIMHANS in 1957. Organized services in the area of Mental Retardation (The Mental Retardation clinic) started in 1968. The two services were amalgamated and subsumed under the Child and Adolescent Services in 1987. Separate inpatient services were established in 1967. At present there are two in-patient facilities – the Child Psychiatry Centre (CPC) and the Adolescent Psychiatry Centre (APC). The Child psychiatry Centre caters to children less than the age of 16 years and is a 40-bedded facility. The Adolescent Psychiatry Centre is a 24-bedded facility and caters to adolescents between the ages of 16-18 years. The services have been functioning with the able support of a multi-disciplinary team since 1975. At present, the core team consists of 4 Consultant Psychiatrists (Prof. Satish Chandra Girimaji, Prof. Shekhar P Seshadri, Dr. K. John Vijay Sagar and Dr. Preeti Jacob), 4 Consultant Clinical Psychologists (Prof. Uma Hirisave, Dr B.N. Roopesh, Dr. Thomas Kishore and Dr Nithya Poornima Santosh) and 2 Psychiatric Social Work Consultants (Dr. Kavita Jangam and Dr. Bino Thomas). The service has liaison with the Departments including Neurology, Neurosurgery, Speech Pathology & Audiology, Rehabilitation, and Human Genetics. In order to start new courses especially a DM in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and for improved growth, a proposal to start an independent department was approved and it has started functioning from the 31st Dec 2010. Professor Shoba Srinath, was the first Head of Department. Prof. Satish Girimaji was the next Head of Department and finished his 3-year tenure in April 2016. Professor Shoba retired as a Senior Professor at the Department on the 30th of June, 2017. Prof. Shekhar P Seshadri is the current Head of the Department. The Department continues a high-quality level of service delivery at the inpatient and outpatient sections. The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry runs two super-specialty courses in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry namely the Post-Doctoral Fellowship (1 year) and the DM (3 years). The Post-Doctoral Fellowship course was started in 2008 and the DM was started in 2011.