Children’s Mental Health Services

InterCommunity’s Outpatient Psychiatric Children’s Clinic serves children ages 3-18 and their families. The Children’s Clinic is conveniently located on the bus line at 287 Main Street, East Hartford, CT 06118. We accept most insurances, both state and private.

The Children’s Clinic is open:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Friday 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Saturday 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

The Children’s Clinic provides an extensive array of services, including:

  • Diagnostic evaluations
  • Individual, group, and family therapy
  • Medication management services

The Children’s Clinic also provides consultation to schools and other agencies involved with the child and family, as well as trainings and workshops for schools and other agencies upon request. The Clinic celebrates the cultural diversity of all children and now has five bilingual clinicians available.

 

  • Therapy

    The Children's Clinic uses a collaborative, strengths-based approach in working with children and their families. We provide behavioral, cognitive and psychiatric interventions to facilitate positive growth and change for children, adolescents and their families.

    Services are designed to promote mental health, improve functioning and effectively decrease the prevalence and incidence of mental illness, emotional disturbance and social dysfunction. All Children's Clinic staff members are trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

  • Medication

    InterCommunity offers routine medication assessment, evaluations and management. However, InterCommunity's Children's Clinic philosophy is that medication for children is considered a last stop and is combined with heavy involvement in therapy.

    InterCommunity is also contracted with select schools to conduct school psychiatric evaluations.

  • Child First

    Child First is a program that works with families needing help with their young children who have behavioral problems or delays in their development.

    More Information

    What is Child First?

    If you are overwhelmed with the challenging behaviors of your children, feel stressed and hopeless, or need support and services for your family, Child First is here to help.

    Child First is a program that helps families build strong, loving relationships with their young children so they are protected from the many stresses and traumas in their lives. We serve families in East Hartford and Manchester and do not require insurance.

    How does Child First work?

    • A Child First Team visits with you and your child about one time per week in your home.
    • Our Team is made up of one Child Development Specialist, who understands children’s behavior, relationships, and learning, and one Care Coordinator, who knows about services and supports in your community.
    • Our Team works as your partner, listening closely to understand what is important to you, your child, and your family. We will plan together, and then work with you, your child, and other family members to improve your life and that of your family.
    • Our Child Development Specialist will also work with your child’s teacher if you have any concerns about school or child care.
    • Our Care Coordinator will partner with you to help connect you with many other services your family may need (like food, housing, childcare, health care, and job training).

    Who is eligible?

    Child First provides services in East Hartford and Manchester to:

    • Pregnant women or families with a child from birth through five years of age.
    • Children who have behavioral problems or delays in their development or learning (such as anger, sadness, risk of being expelled from childcare, or language delays).
    • Families with multiple challenges or stresses (such as not enough income, feeling alone or hopeless, not able to meet your needs or the needs of your child, fighting in the home, drug use, homelessness, or involvement with the child welfare agency).

    Download the Referral Form here.

    Parent Brochure in English including eligibility and contact information.

    Parent Brochure in Spanish

    View more information and a video on Child First.