Raymond Roberson, Administrative Assistant
Phone: (312) 864-8020
Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry at the Cook County Health and Hospitals System. Though modest in terms of staffing, our department engages providers throughout the health system in hospital, primary care, psychiatric specialty, school-based, and correctional settings.
With broad divisions for Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, HIV/AIDS Psychiatry, Correctional Psychiatry, Hospital Consultation and Substance Abuse services, Emergency Psychiatric Services, and Community based services, we provide excellent care to the growing populations in need in Cook County.
Identifying the strengths of our faculty and the needs in our community, we have specialized treatment areas for HIV/AIDS Psychiatry, Women’s Health, Adult and Child ADHD, Developmental Child Assessments and Therapy, Neuropsychological Testing, Biofeedback/Pain Management, and Substance Use Assessments. In 2011, the Substance Use Screening and Assessment Service (SBIRT) was recognized for its comprehensive and caring approach of addiction by the United States’ Office of National Drug Control Policy.
The Department has excelled in clinical and service research with funding from federal agencies including HRSA, CDC, NIDA, Adolescent Trials Network, NIMH, SAMHSA, NIAAA, and the Department of Justice. Through this additional work and services, we are able to provide novel and more comprehensive care to a greater number of patients in need.
The Department of Psychiatry contains the following sub-specialties:
- Adult Outpatient Psychiatry
- Child & Adult ADHD
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Neuropsychological Assessment
- Correctional Psychiatric services
The Department of Psychiatry treats the following Psychiatric Disorders:
- Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Somatoform Disorders
- Dissociative Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Sleep Disorders
- Adjustment Disorders
- Personality Disorders
While the department of Psychiatry at the Cook County Health and Hospital System (CCHHS) is unified, two major portions will be separated for the sake of explanation. CCHHS can be divided into general psychiatry offering traditional psychiatric services throughout the system and correctional psychiatry at both Cermak Health of the Cook County Jail and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC).
General psychiatric services take place at two hospitals, (John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital and Provident Hospital) 14 outlying clinics, and the CORE center. Although we are not fully staffed presently, staff should include 14 psychiatrists, 12 psychologists, 3 advanced nurse practitioners, 16 licensed clinical social workers, and 5 substance abuse counselors. At present time we serve between 26,000 to 30,000 patient visits yearly. Although the bulk of services provided relates to adult outpatient services for medication evaluation and management, we also serve children and adolescents, those with significant substance abuse problems, and consultative services to general physicians who care for patients who are hospitalized that have active psychiatric problems requiring treatment.
Correctional psychiatry is primarily dominated by the Department of Mental Health Services of Cermak Health Services at the Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC). CCDOC provides a full range of on-site services including mental health screening, 24-hour crisis intervention and stabilization, psychiatric services, and therapeutic services. Upon entry into CCDOC each of the 200 – 300 new detainees brought in daily receive an intake interview that includes a mental health screening. If a detainee screens positive, further psychiatric evaluation with subsequent treatment is provided in a variety of setting depending on the need. Psychiatric services can be provided on an emergent basis 24 hours daily by a crisis evaluation team with appropriate referral for further services as clinically indicated. Psychiatric services are provided to hundreds of detainees daily on an inpatient, outpatient, or emergent setting within the jail. Lastly, when the severely mentally ill are eventually released referrals are made for ongoing future treatment.