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When a child’s mental health needs are unmet, it can have lifelong consequences. It affects their school, home and personal lives so it is imperative to address these issues as soon as possible.

Dayton Children's is leading advocacy and community partnerships to promote pediatric mental health by forming the Center for Pediatric Mental Health Resources.

Led by executive director, Gregory Ramey, Ph.D., the Center for Pediatric Mental Health Resources partners with the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Montgomery County, Montgomery County Developmental Disabilities Services and the psychiatry division of Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine to provide these resources and services to the community.

By partnering with other area organizations committed to this cause, Dayton Children's is better able to determine the needs of the community and how to best meet those needs.

behavioral health crisis center

A behavioral health crisis is a challenging time for a parent and child. We are here to help. Kids experiencing a mental health crisis require a more specialized environment to best serve their needs. The behavioral health crisis center at Dayton Children’s was designed to evaluate children in a safe, caring and effective way. In the crisis center, trained behavioral health clinicians will provide an assessment and connect children to the appropriate services, getting them help quicker.

Behavioral health crisis center operating hours:

Monday through Friday             8:00 am to midnight

Saturday and Sunday               2:00 pm to midnight

This video will help prepare you and your child for a visit to the behavioral health crisis center and prepare you and your child for your visit in the center.

mental health emergencies

If your child is experiencing a mental health crisis and they are at immediate risk for hurting him/herself or others, please call 911 or go to your local emergency department.

Crisis Hotline Numbers by County

  • Montgomery County Crisis Care - 937-224-4646
  • Clark County - 937-399-9500
  • Warren and Clinton Counties - 1-877-695-6333 (NEED)
  • Butler County - 1-844-427-4747 or 1-844-4CRISIS
  • Greene County - 937-376-8701
  • Darke County, Miami County, Shelby County - 1-800-351-7347
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A physician referral is necessary prior to the child’s first outpatient visit. All follow up appointments will be made during your clinic visit.