Having a child with mental health problems can be frightening, but it is more common that many parents realize. Up to one in five children ages 13 to 18 live with a mental health condition, and half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. Mental health issues can also affect younger children. While some behaviors such as withdrawing from family and friends, talking back or mood swings are a normal part of growing up, they can also be signs of mental illness. What’s important is making sure your child receives treatment for mental health problems he or she might be experiencing.
Highland Rivers’ outpatient mental healthcare services include one-to-one counseling to help children and adolescents recover from any type of mental health issue such as depression, anxiety and mood disorders, as well as grief, trauma and more complex problems (for example, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders). Our professional counselors are compassionate, non-judgmental and experienced in helping young people resolve mental health problems that affect their lives.
Youth mental healthcare services are individual- and family-centered. Young people are encouraged to be actively involved in their treatment to learn to manage their symptoms, enhance their ability to cope with challenges in life, build resilience and facilitate recovery. Family members can be included at the individual’s request, and family involvement is encouraged to enhance improvement in family functioning and assist in maintaining recovery goals and objectives.
Your first appointment
When you call Highland Rivers Health the first time, a member of our team will take your child’s basic information (name, address, birthdate, problems he or she is experiencing, etc.) and arrange a time for you to come in. Highland Rivers designs an individual recovery plan (IRP) for every person. In order to develop the best treatment program for your child, initial appointments will focus on assessing needs and goals for recovery. Your child will then be scheduled for regular visits with a clinician and for other services based on his or her individual needs.
What mental healthcare services we provide
• Crisis intervention
• Physician assessment
• Nursing assessment
• Individual, group and family counseling
• Substance abuse referral and services
• In-home and in-school supports
• Medication education, monitoring and administration
• Linkage and referral
• Community transition planning
Who mental healthcare services are for
Outpatient mental healthcare services are available for children and adolescents ages four to 17 with a mental health issue that is affecting their ability to function independently in the community, at home, school, on the job, etc. (See the outpatient mental healthcare page for more information about services for adults age 18 and over.)
Common child and adolescent mental health problems we treat
• Depression and anxiety
• Conduct disorder
• Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
• Eating disorders
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Bipolar disorder
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
At your first appointment, our staff will work with you on a financial assessment. For children and adolescents, Highland Rivers Health currently accepts Medicaid, CareSource, Amerigroup, WellCare, Cenpatico and most types of commercial insurance; individuals will be made aware of any coverage limits and fees as part of the financial application process. If your child is covered by private or commercial insurance, please call us to confirm we accept your child’s specific type of insurance before scheduling an appointment. If you do not have the ability to pay or do not have insurance, you may be eligible for a sliding fee scale or state-contracted services. Learn more about Highland Rivers payment policies here. If Highland Rivers does not accept your child’s type of insurance, we can help refer you to a provider that does.
For more information about Highland Rivers’ mental healthcare services for children and adolescents, to arrange a time to be seen, or to make a referral, call Highland Rivers toll-free at (800) 729-5700 (note this is a non-emergency number; call received after business hours will be returned the next day).
If you need crisis services after hours or on weekends and are not yet enrolled in Highland Rivers Health services, call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line: (800) 715-4225
Highland Rivers operates outpatient clinics in several communities across northwest Georgia. When scheduling an appointment, you may choose which clinic is most convenient for you.
650 Joe Frank Harris Parkway; Cartersville, Georgia 30121
191 Lamar Haley Parkway; Canton, Georgia 30114
6 Mathis Drive; Rome, Georgia 30165
419 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Georgia 30701
126 Enterprise Path, Suite 201; Hiram, Georgia 30141
323 Roland Road; Jasper, Georgia 30143
180 Water Oak Drive; Cedartown, Georgia 30125