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Outpatient Community Psychiatry / Acute Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Bayview

At the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, our acute psychiatry and outpatient community psychiatry programs offer innovative occupational therapy to meet mental health and sensory processing needs of people of all ages.

Our mental health occupational therapists help our patients through self-empowerment, education to make self-improvements and encouraging personal responsibility. They're trained to use specialized evaluations, such as The Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS), to assess baseline functioning or any changes that may have occurred due to illnesses or maladaptive behaviors. Our occupational therapists are all nationally board-certified and licensed in the state of Maryland and many have advanced degrees in diverse areas of interest.

Our Programs

  • The preschool program evaluates and treats children ages 2-5 with behaviors and emotional regulation issues. Deficits such as delays in motor, perceptual, social skill development and sensory processing are identified. Individual and group treatments and parent education focus on promoting successful participation of the child in their daily routine.

  • This program evaluates and treats adolescents ages 12-18 with ADHD, mood disorders, adjustment disorders and other mental health issues. Individual and group treatments, along with school visits, help promote successful functioning in the school, home and community. Treatments may include implementing new coping skills, positive social behaviors or reducing self-injurious behaviors.

  • This is a 20-bed inpatient acute unit that treats individuals from age 16 up with chronic mental illness, dual diagnoses and substance abuse issues.

    Individuals needing an inpatient stay on the Acute Psychiatric Unit (where occupational services are offered) must go through the Emergency Department for an evaluation for admission.

Appointments and Referrals

Appointments for the Preschool and Adolescent programs come from referrals made by the person's doctor, from an inpatient stay, from other hospitals, an outpatient therapist or a school-based therapist. For an intake appointment, contact the Department of Community Psychiatry at 410-550-0016.

Appointments for other outpatient occupational therapy services must have a physician's referral and go through the Rehabilitation Department. For an appointment, call 410-550-0414.

How Our Programs Can Help

Group and individual treatments can include education, skill building and a knowledge base in some of the following areas:

  • Stress and worry management
  • Relaxation
  • Discharge planning
  • Goal setting
  • Current events
  • Social skills and communication
  • Life skills, including time and money management
  • Leisure interest development
  • Self-care and hygiene
  • Safety
  • Substance abuse/dependence education
  • Health, nutrition, sleep and exercise
  • Decision making/choice
  • Problem solving
  • Anger management
  • Self-esteem building
  • Trust
  • Attitude development
  • Sensory awareness
  • Women's issues/men's issues
  • Grief issues
  • Orientation and task skills
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