Emergency Services

The pediatric emergency department of Yale-New Haven Children’s hospital continues to provide state of the art care for children who present with severe emotional and behavioral concerns. Close collaboration between the medical and psychiatric teams in conjunction with YNHH nursing and social work staff allows for the optimum delivery of care at a moment of significant crisis for children and their families.

The emergency room is staffed 24 hours daily by clinicians experienced in emotional and behavioral problems. Children are evaluated for any immediate physical concerns by the medical team after which the psychiatric team is consulted. A child and his or her caregivers meet initially with a clinical social worker who determines whether or not a more in depth evaluation is warranted. During the week, 8:00 A.M. to 6:30 P.M., the evaluations are performed by experienced advanced psychiatric nurse practitioners. At night and on weekends, the evaluations are performed by physicians and psychologists, all of whom have prior psychiatric or psychogical training. Attending physician psychiatrists are available 24 hours a day for supervision and additional consultation. Decisions about whether to admit or discharge home or what level of care is indicated, is determined in close collaboration with families, outside providers, and the members of the evaluating team.

Faculty: Yann B. Poncin, M.D.