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Children's Center

The Children’s Center is an intensive outpatient program for children ages 5-12. The program provides a level of care between traditional outpatient therapy and day hospital treatment. The purpose of the Children’s Center is to provide psychiatric stabilization and prevent inpatient hospitalization. A child typically participates in the program for 4-6 weeks and then returns to their previous outpatient therapist and psychiatrist.

For more information or to make a referral to the Kristin DiGiovanna, LCSW-C, Clinical Supervisor at 410-550-8260.

Services Offered

Each child who attends the Children’s Center receives a diagnostic and psychosocial evaluation, an occupational therapy assessment, and medication evaluation. For the duration of the program, the child attends three therapeutic groups daily and one individual session with a licensed therapist weekly. Guardians of the child attend weekly appointments with a psychiatrist, weekly family therapy sessions with a licensed therapist, and weekly parenting groups with the program’s supervisor.

The licensed therapists collaborate with each child’s school, previous service providers, and family in order to improve the child’s behavioral, educational, and emotional well being. Therapists also initiate connections with new service providers for the benefit of the child and his/her family.

Schedule of Services

Children attend the program every afternoon Monday through Friday. Guardians of the children attend psychiatric appointments, family sessions, and parenting groups between the hours of 10am and 6pm Monday through Friday.

Staff and Therapeutic Framework

The Children’s Center is staffed by psychiatrists, licensed mental health therapists, and rehabilitation therapists. We utilize techniques influenced by various therapeutic frameworks including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Play Therapy.


Transportation can be provided to and from the program daily for the children depending upon the distance of each child’s school and home from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.


Various insurances are accepted, including Medical Assistance, Medicare, and some private insurance, which authorize intensive outpatient psychiatric treatment.  Insurance coverage will be verified prior to your first appointment.


The Children's Center
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
5500 E. Lombard Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21224

Directions to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

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