The Psychiatry Department at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland focuses on whole-child wellness. We provide specialized psychiatric services to children in the Bay Area; kids brought to the hospital’s emergency room with behavioral emergencies and pediatric inpatients who are currently under our care. Our experienced clinical staff includes psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and psychiatric nurse practitioners, all of whom work closely together in collaborative teams. We see youth age 5-18 for diagnostic evaluations, individual and family therapy, crisis intervention, and psychopharmacological management of psychiatric conditions.

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Our Services

  • Psychopharmacological Therapy


  • 5-18 years of age
  • Private Insurance
  • Alameda Co. MediCal

How to Make Appointment

Physician referral required. Please request a referral from your physician.

How to Refer a Patient

Multidisciplinary Psychiatric Medical Care

  • Compassionate professionals in the Division of Psychiatry at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland offer a full range of outpatient psychiatric and psychological services for children up to age 18 and their families, as well as consultation and supporting clinical services to inpatients and staff.
  • Children's multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers treat children from many backgrounds and with a wide variety of conditions, including adjustment disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, and ADHD

Department of Psychiatry Services

  • Outpatient Mental Health Services: Providing evaluations, individual and family therapy to children ages 5 through 21 and their families. We also schedule appointments at our specialty care offices in Walnut Creek.
  • Behavioral Emergency Response Team (BERT): Providing Emergency Room evaluations of children with suicidal ideation, behavioral crises or possible need for psychiatric hospitalization
  • Inpatient Consultation-Liaison Service: Serving hospitalized children and families with a wide range of familial, behavioral and psychiatric difficulties affecting their child’s medical care—children and adolescents with both acute medical problems and chronic illnesses are seen by our staff and trainees
  • School-based Clinics: Serving Castlemont High School and McClymonds High School in Oakland.

Referral Information

Referrals for outpatient treatment and evaluations come directly from pediatricians, social services, Alameda County’s Access system and other community service providers. Pediatricians in both our inpatient units and our primary care clinics refer their pediatric patients to the Department of Psychiatry when they suspect more serious psychological/psychiatric conditions, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, suicidality, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression, etc.