Service to the State

The Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and its training program helps serve the mission of West Virginia University to treat and provide for all of West Virginia’s children with mental health needs.

We see children of all ages and from all over West Virginia in our outpatient clinic & inpatient services. Our faculty provide psychiatric services to several residential programs throughout the state including Pressley Ridge Laurel Park in Clarksburg, Pressley Ridge Morgantown, Youth Services Center in Fairmont, and through service of telepsychiatry school based clinics. Fellows participate alongside faculty at 2 of the Pressley Ridge locations as part of their training.  We are working with our state’s local mental health clinics to also try to provide service via consultation through the use of Telepsychiatry.  Our faculty collaborate with WV DHHR in recovery services to state & with state justice officials.

We have a psychiatric consultation relationship with our local school system, Monongalia County Schools.  Our faculty go to local schools  and provide behavior and psychiatric support and education to students at the request of parents and schools if needed as part of a multidisciplinary team.  The School Consultation experience is a required rotation in the 2nd year of the child and adolescent fellowship.

Each November our county school system provides depression screens for all 9th graders in our high schools. Our faculty, staff, and child psychiatry fellows provide mental health assessment and referrals for at risk students identified by the screening.

Our faculty also provide telephone consultation services to pediatricians, other physicians, and mental health providers through our medical access referral line, 304-598-4000. The faculty also do trainings for school personnel and educational programs for parents and students.