Child Mind Institute

Information updated on Thursday, February 15th 2024, 11:51
Assessments and Diagnosis
Executive Function instruction/intervention
Financial Support
Mental Health/Psychiatric
Online Learning - blogs, resources, webinars, apps, telehealth
Research Institute or Funding
Therapists: Individual Counseling

The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most.

Of the 74.5 million children in the United States, an estimated 17.1 million have or have had a mental health disorder — more than the number of children with cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. Half of all mental illness occurs before the age of 14, and 75 percent by the age of 24.

In spite of the magnitude of the problem, lack of awareness and entrenched stigma keep the majority of these young people from getting help. Children and adolescents struggling with these disorders are at risk for academic failure, substance abuse and a clash with the juvenile justice system — all of which come at a tremendous cost to them, their families and the community.

We are driven to create a brighter future for our children, and we make three commitments:

  1. Give children and adolescents access to the best, most effective clinical care when and where they need it most.
  2. Advance the science of the developing brain to improve diagnosis and treatment.
  3. Provide useful, accurate information that empowers families and communities to get help.

Together with our supporters, we’re helping children reach their full potential in school and in life. We share all of our resources freely and do not accept any funding from the pharmaceutical industry.

General Inquiries Call (212) 308-3118   | 215 E 50th Street, New York, NY 10022

San Mateo, CA – Child Mind Institute is expanding its Youth Mental Health Academy (YMHA), a program designed to educate teens about the different fields of mental health work, by bringing it to the San Francisco Bay Area and San Diego. The organization also plans to build on the program’s success in the Los Angeles area, where it first launched in the summer of 2023.

The Youth Mental Health Academy is a paid 14-month program for high school students ages 16+ who come from structurally marginalized communities. The program’s goal is to increase representation in the mental health field amongst those groups who have historically lacked access to mental health care services — including young people of color, LGBTQIA+ youth, and those who have experienced foster care, the juvenile justice system, homelessness, or poverty. It also aims to cultivate a future generation of mental health care workers who more closely align with those groups.

Clinical Care

Our multidisciplinary team of child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropsychologists and social workers are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of emotional, behavioral and developmental issues. We provide evaluations, treatment and behavioral coaching and interventions for:

  • Anxiety, including phobias and fears, school refusal, selective mutism, separation anxiety and social anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Impulsive behaviors and tantrums
  • Learning disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Trauma and stress

Services We Provide

College Success Program
Early Childhood Evaluation
Educational Placement Services
Learning Disability Service
Neuropsychological and Educational Evaluation
Intensives for Academic Loss or Learning Disorders
Intensive Learning Treatment
Speech and Language Service
Online Learning:


The Child Mind Institute’s Scientific Research Council is an advisory group composed of some of the nation’s most respected thinkers from leading academic institutions. The Scientific Research Council brings together experimental scientists and clinician-researchers to create a global incubator for collaborative progress in children’s mental health.

Co-chairs Dr. Catherine Lord, Distinguished Professor-in-Residence School of Medicine at UCLA and a Senior Research Scientist in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and Dr. Kathleen Merikangas, Senior Investigator and Chief, Genetic Epidemiology Research Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, lead a group that sets the direction of Child Mind Institute scientific initiatives, advises on research matters and selects the recipient of the annual Sarah Gund Prize for Research and Mentorship in Child Mental Health.

Cost and Financial Aid

Our model of care requires a dedicated staff to make it work, and we need to charge for their services. We do not accept insurance, but will provide the documentation required for out-of-network reimbursement if offered through your plan. We do offer financial aid, which may reduce your costs based on demonstrated need. We do not run our clinical care for profit. Any excess revenue goes to support financial aid.

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