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Second Opinion Consultation service for Schizophrenia

Establishing a correct diagnosis and determining the unique strengths and vulnerabilities of each patient is central to the treatment of schizophrenia. We therefore offer 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.

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

Clinic hours: 9 am - 4 pm

Schizophrenia Adult Consultation Clinic
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Osler 320
600 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287

Phone: 443-287-1644
Fax: 443-769-1217

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Comprehensive Accommodations List

  • 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

Scheduling the Consultation Session

Here are the two steps to secure a consultation:

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:

  1. 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 Schizophrenia Consultation Clinic Letter and send it to your psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, or hospital to clarify the type of records needed.)
  2. 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:


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. 

Other Information

  • 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.

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