Saturday, May 25, 2019

Service Offered

Children and adolescents (up to age of 18 years) are provided out-patient, in-patient, preventive and emergency services. The out-patient and in-patient services are utilized by patients from all over India and also from countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Maldives, Cambodia, USA, UK etc. Multidisciplinary inputs from Departments of Clinical Psychology, Psychiatric Social Work, Neurology, Speech Pathology & Audiology and Psychiatric and Neurologic Rehabilitation are regularly provided both for out-patients and in-patients. Consultants & trainees from Clinical Psychology and Psychiatric Social Work form an integral part of the team. There is great awareness of the that a multi-disciplinary core team with active inter departmental liaisons is essential for optimum delivery of care for the child and the family.


The Department offers services in 4 settings: out-patient, in-patient, emergency and preventive.

a) Out-patient services: First-contact out-patient services are delivered on all days of the week. A separate first-contact Child and Adolescent Psychiatry OPD was started in the ground floor of main OPD (G 13) building in August 2012. Prior to this the first-contact op services were being delivered at the screening OPD building along with the adult patients of all the clinical departments. The screening OPD functions on all days except Sunday. After first-contact evaluation, children and adolescents are followed up in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry OPD located in the ground floor itself of the main OPD building (CAP 200). This service is offered on all working days except Wednesdays and Sundays.

b) In-patient services: In-patient services are offered at one of the two in-patient facility called Child Psychiatric Centre (CPC) and the Adolescent Psychiatry Centre. The Child Psychiatry Centre has 28 general beds, 10 special room beds and 3 high intensity nursing care beds. This well-planned building has beds distributed in the general wards, special wards and high intensity nursing areas. It has planned space for daytime activities. These include rooms for interview, play and family therapy, class, activity, dining and cooking. Outdoor and indoor play areas and a T.V cum reading room are other facilities available. The Adolescent Psychiatry Centre (APC) has 6 general beds, 8 special room beds, 4 semi-private beds and 4 high intensity nursing care beds. Again, this ward there are specific spaces allocated for therapy, interview, and also includes gymnasium, activity rooms, study room, recreation room, a kitchen and dining hall.

c) Emergency services: Children and adolescents who are brought to the NIMHANS emergency services are promptly evaluated by a duty team from the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. After the initial treatment inputs, appropriate follow-up care is provided.

d) Preventive and Promotive services: CAP team is actively involved in the preventive and promotive child and adolescent mental health activities at NIMHANS Centre for Well-being (NCWB).