Director: Karen L. Swartz, M.D.
Clinic Coordinator: Yolanda Bynum Barnes
The Adult Consultation Clinic offers a one-time evaluation for patients suffering from depression or bipolar illness and under the care of a psychiatrist. We offer treatment recommendations to the patient's psychiatrist. We do not prescribe any medications for the patient.
The evaluation consists of a clinical interview lasting from one and one-half to three hours. One of our experienced consultation clinic psychiatrists will clarify your diagnosis and make recommendations regarding treatment. This information will be included in a report sent to your treating provider.
Monday - Friday, 9:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Mood Disorders Adult Consultation Clinic
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Osler Building, Third Floor, Room 320
600 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 Phone: 410-955-5212
- Scheduling an Appointment: Please call 410-955-5212 to speak with a member of our staff.
- International Patients: Please contact the Johns Hopkins Medicine International: 410-955-8032
- Assistance with Travel and Accommodations: Please contact Johns Hopkins USA: 410-735-4872
Consult Clinic Faculty
Here are the two steps to secure a consultation:
- Step 1: Complete the patient information form
- Step 2: Prepare forms and documents as noted below and send to the clinic via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- After you complete steps 1 and 2, we will contact you for scheduling.
Here are the forms and documents for Step 2:
Items #1 and # 2 are essential and are required for scheduling an appointment.
In short—we need the following items:
- Essential: A note summarizing the clinical information and the reason for the consultation from the referring clinician.
(Click here for a copy of the Adult Mood Disorder Consultation Clinic Letter and send it to your psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, or hospital to clarify the type of records needed.)
- Essential: Clinic questionnaire (Word document)
These other items greatly improve the quality of the consultation. Additional information may include:
- Recent lab results
- Treatment summary from psychotherapist
- Treatment summaries from previous psychiatrists/nurse practitioner/therapists
- Admission and discharge summary from any hospitalizations (this is different than what is provided to you at the time of discharge)
- Neuropsychological testing report
- Head/brain imaging studies
Below are additional materials for your convenience if applicable for you:
Please submit all documents as a PDF file. Here’s a tool that may benefit you and it’s free: https://www.camscanner.com/download
Appointments can be made without a referral from your psychiatrist, your nurse practitioner, your internist, or your psychotherapist, but we will need information from your treatment team. Please read Scheduling the Consultation Session (above) for more information on the need for written correspondence.
Approximate waiting period for an appointment is, on average, 4-8 weeks.
You are responsible for contacting your insurance company in order to obtain any necessary authorization for this appointment. Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences contracts with different insurance companies, therefore you should personally verify your mental health benefits, in particular, a one-time outpatient psychiatric visit. For persons with types of insurance different from those with which we are contracted, we require payment in full at the time of visit. Click here for additional billing information.
We require at least two working days notice for rescheduling. If adequate notice is not given, a fee will be charged. If you do not give any notice for a cancellation, a fee will be billed directly to you.
The Consultation Service does not offer ongoing treatment. However, If the patient desires a follow-up visit with the consult doctor, it can be scheduled six months to a year after the initial consultation. This consultation is one-and-a-half hours to two hours long. All current records must be received before scheduling the follow-up consultation.