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Consultative, Second Opinion, and Evaluation Services

The Schizophrenia Center

Establishing a correct diagnosis and determining the unique strengths and vulnerabilities of each patient is central to the treatment of schizophrenia. We therefore offer two different consultative options - comprehensive inpatient evaluations and outpatient evaluations that are designed to give patients, families, and their treating clinicians a comprehensive and timely opinion and set of treatment options. Most physicians and therapists greatly appreciate second opinions and will not be offended by your request for an evaluation at Johns Hopkins.

When You Call

Information that can help us help you includes:

  • What concern led you to contact us

  • The diagnosis, if any

  • Name, address, phone and fax numbers of the treating psychiatrist or therapist

  • Age, contact information, living situation, current medicines, and major medical problems of the patient

Comprehensive Inpatient Evaluation

We offer a three to seven day multidisciplinary evaluation, concluding with a detailed report for the patient, family, and referring clinicians. This full assessment is designed for patients who seek a complete assessment or second opinion regarding diagnosis and treatment, for patients with complicated or treatment-resistant symptoms, and for patients with multiple medical or psychiatric concerns. For some patients it is possible to follow a short inpatient evaluation admission with a stay in our day hospital to initiate treatment.

Components of the diagnostic evaluation:

  • Review of medical records
  • Comprehensive psychiatric interview
  • Interviews of family members
  • Neuropsychological evaluation
  • Assessment of function and symptoms during daily
  • Assessment of social support system
  • Occupational therapy functional assessment
  • Diagnostic testing: laboratory studies, brain imaging, 
  • Summary meeting with patient and family at discharge
  • Preparation of a detailed written summary

Inpatient Admission Coordinator  |  Stephen Miller  |  410-614-8791

For patients and families from outside of the Baltimore metropolitan area, we request that a family member stay nearby during the admission to assist with the evaluation and to return home with the patient after the completion of the evaluation. We do not have the capacity to locate new housing for patients. When the consultation is complete, patients should plan to return to their previous living situation.  

Outpatient Evaluation

We offer half-day psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, which include review of records, a detailed interview of the patient, and an interview of family members. These consultations are ideal for questions about diagnosis, medication strategies, and non-pharmacological treatment options.

Components of the outpatient evaluation:

  • Focused record review
  • Comprehensive psychiatric interview
  • Interview of family member
  • Summary meeting with patient and family member
  • Preparation of a detailed written summary

We offer psychiatric consultation services at two locations:

For more information or to make an appointment at one of our outpatient consultation clinics call 410-955-5212

Neuropsychological Evaluation

Assessments of cognition, learning, and memory designed to help individuals with schizophrenia and related conditions determine strengths and weaknesses relevant to treatment, education, and employment. These are conducted by our medical psychologists. To make an appointment 410-955-3268. Learn more.