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When a child’s mental health needs are unmet, it can have lifelong consequences. It can affect their school, home and personal lives immensely and it is imperative to address these issues as soon as possible and not wait until their later teenage years.

Dayton Children's has taken on a leadership role in 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 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 will be able to better determine the needs of the community and how to best meet those needs.

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 one of the following agencies.

Crisis Contact 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

Kettering Behavioral Evaluation Center – Walk-in assessments available to determine the best plan of services. Walk-in assessments are available Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-7:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Please call before taking your child for an assessment at 937-534-4620. For crisis situations outside of our evaluation hours, please visit the nearest emergency department.

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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.