Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about what to expect when making an appointment and bringing in a child for an evaluation.

What is included in a diagnostic evaluation?

We begin by interviewing (either separately or together) the child and her parents or guardians, as well as gathering information from a variety of other sources including teachers, previous therapists and pediatricians. We also use gold-standard diagnostic measures to better assess the symptoms and concerns. After the evaluation is completed, we provide comprehensive feedback and treatment recommendations. To read about Neuropsychological and Educational Evaluations, click here. To read about Early Childhood Evaluations, click here.

My child has already been evaluated. Do I need another evaluation?

Yes. We will review the evaluation that your child has already received as part of our diagnostic evaluation but cannot rely on that report to determine treatment recommendations. Our clinicians need to meet with you and your child directly and make their own assessment. An accurate and thorough diagnostic evaluation is the key to recommending the most effective treatment.

How long does a diagnostic evaluation take?

A diagnostic evaluation typically takes between two and three hours to complete. However, the length of an evaluation varies from child to child. If we have your permission, clinicians also spend time outside of the evaluation appointment reviewing our clinical questionnaires, previous medical records and contacting other important people in your child’s life such as teachers and previous providers.

How long are follow-up appointments?

Follow-up appointments are usually 45-60 minutes. After the diagnostic evaluation is completed, clinicians consider a child’s symptoms to determine the appropriate length and frequency of sessions.

How long will my child need treatment?

The length of treatment depends on the diagnosis as well as the severity of a child’s symptoms. We evaluate the level of care a child needs during the initial evaluation, and then we adjust the level of care according to the child’s needs throughout the treatment process. Our goal is to get your child out of treatment and back to school and friends as quickly as possible.

Do clinicians provide school and home visits?

Yes. When appropriate, many of our clinicians provide therapy in a child’s school and home setting. We also offer sessions through teleconferencing. 

Can I have my child evaluated at the Child Mind Institute and then look for treatment closer to home?

Absolutely. We often see children who live outside New York City. After we’ve completed the evaluation process, we may be able to offer treatment sessions via video conferencing (depending on what we think is best for your child and the laws in your state). We can also help you find local specialists and/or collaborate with the clinicians from whom your child is already receiving care.

Do clinicians evaluate and treat adults?

Our clinicians primarily evaluate and treat children, teens, and young adults up to 24 years old. However, parents and adult family members of our patients occasionally request care and we make every effort to accommodate their needs.

What is the youngest age at which a child can be evaluated and treated?

We can provide early childhood evaluations for children as young as 1 year old.

What if my child needs treatment for several different learning, emotional and behavioral problems?

We create treatment teams and work with families to address all of a child’s mental health needs.

Do you accept insurance?

The Child Mind Institute does not participate as an in-network provider in any specific health insurance plan. Most insurance companies will cover a portion of the fees under out-of-network, outpatient mental health benefits. We will provide you with a detailed statement of services provided. We suggest consulting your insurance carrier in advance of your appointment for the specific benefits of your plan.

Is financial aid available?

The Child Mind Institute has financial aid available for families who qualify. If you have financial need, our intake coordinators will send you a financial aid application prior to scheduling. For those families who qualify for financial aid and are traveling from out of town, the Child Mind Institute Cares Fund offers a daily stipend for travel expenses to families from out of town.

How much will care cost?

The fees vary according to the type of evaluation, type of treatment, and clinician’s years of experience and professional training as well as the family’s ability to pay. Our intake coordinators will provide specific information about our fees for evaluation and ongoing treatment prior to scheduling. We offer financial aid to help families with financial need pay for clinical treatment services.