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Dear Dr. Christina
PM Pediatrics

Behavioral Health FAQs

What is Behavioral Tele-Health?

Behavioral tele-health are behavioral health services conducted via our robust confidential telehealth platform.  These services include individual and group therapy as well as evaluation for medication and its’ management when necessary.   Tele-therapy has shown to be just as effective as in-person visits and many studies suggest better outcomes as telehealth is a more convenient and accessible way to receive these services.

We understand that some families may prefer in-person care for their child and we are working on providing in-person care as an option in the future. In the meantime, if your child needs in-person medical care you can receive that care at one of our 70+ locations: https://pmpediatrics.com/patient-resources/find-care-now/

Does PM Pediatrics Behavioral Health program provide therapy services?

Yes. PM Pediatrics provides behavioral health teletherapy by highly trained licensed pediatric specialists. Our team consists of:

  • Child therapists who are licensed clinical social workers and licensed child/adolescent psychologists
  • Pediatricians who have advanced training in medication management for mental and behavioral conditions
  • Sleep and parenting coaches

Regardless of who your child sees for our services, our team works together to discuss your child’s needs and develop an evidence-based care plan focused on improving you or your child’s symptoms and functioning. Our goal is to help all patients achieve their optimal physical, social and emotional well-being. PM Pediatrics Behavioral Health Team is here to assist your child be the best they can be!

Do you prescribe medication?

Not all children require medication to treat their behavioral health concerns. However, if your child requires medication in addition to their therapy sessions, we can prescribe medications. Our team consists of pediatricians, psychiatrists, and other providers who are experienced in prescribing these kinds of medications.  If your child has a therapist they are currently seeing outside of PM Pediatrics, we will also work with them as part of your child’s team in prescribing medication if needed.

What behavioral health conditions do you treat?

We specialize in treating common mild to moderate behavioral and mental health conditions in children and young adults such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and grief. We currently treat children and young adults ages 5 through 26. We also have sleep coaches to ensure your child is getting adequate and optimal sleep, and parent coaches to assist you in finding loving solutions to common parenting challenges. We are rapidly expanding our services to treat more conditions, serve more states, and care for younger children, so please continue to check in with us as we grow.

If we think your child requires a different program for care, we will assist you in finding the appropriate services. PM Pediatrics Behavioral Health has a robust source of referrals if your child’s needs change and require a higher level of care. We are happy in these cases to continue your child’s care once they become more stable in their condition.

What kind of care do you provide?

Our care is based on the rigorously tested Collaborative Care model. We use a multidisciplinary team approach to ensure all of your child’s needs are met quickly and with great care. With your permission, we will share updates with your child’s pediatrician and school to make sure all caregivers are informed of your child’s needs. Additionally, we include on our team a child psychiatrist who will review your child’s treatment plan to ensure progress is being made. We also expect and value input from parents as we are committed to ensuring a successful experience for all.

Can my child receive care?

We are currently offering PM Pediatrics Behavioral Health exclusively for patients and families living in one of the selected states. For updates on when we will be providing services in your state, continue to check our website or call us at (516) 738-5600

Is insurance accepted?

We will be contracting with health plans in the near future. Until then, we can provide you with a copy of your bill to submit to your insurer for potential reimbursement. Our Family Support Team is here to help you understand your insurance benefits, including helping you submit your Superbill for out-of-network reimbursement. You can contact our Family Support Team at (516) 738-5600 or behavioralhealth@pmpediatrics.com. You may also download the app Reimbursify, which will file the claim for you for a nominal charge.

You can also submit your bill to your insurer without our help. Log on to your insurer’s website and search for the “Forms” section of the website. You can download a claims form and attach the bill that we will provide you. Submit this information together as per their instructions. If you want help from your insurer, you can call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card or chat live with an insurance representative on their website.

Here are some ways you can use your insurance and other benefits for our Behavioral Health Program at PM Pediatrics:

  • Non-Participating Provider Benefits:
    You are likely able to submit claims for reimbursement from your health plan and receive part or all of each session reimbursed to you by your health plan.  Check with your insurance company or employer for this benefit.
  • Wellness or mental health benefits:
    Some employers recognize wellness and mental health are important to their employees and provide funding for these services that could be applied to our services at PM Pediatrics. If you think this might apply to you, speak with your Human Resources department.
  • FSA/HSA Accounts:
    If you have a flexible savings account or a health savings account, services at PM Pediatrics will qualify for those funds. As a reminder, these are pre-tax dollars. Check with your employer to see if you have those accounts as a benefit.

PM Pediatrics is here for you and your family and is committed to providing the highest quality service. This includes being available to help with any questions or concerns you may have about our services, how to interact with your insurance company, or answer any other questions you may have.  You may reach us at (516) 738-5600 or behavioralhealth@pmpediatrics.com.

What are your rates?

We do everything we can to keep pricing reasonable and affordable.

The below rates are effective 9/1/21. If your family is already a part of our program prior to 9/1, your rates will not change.

Initial Visit: $150
Therapy by a child/adol/young adult social worker: $150
Child/adol/young adult psychologist: $175
Medication Evaluation, Initial Visit:    $250
Medical Evaluation, Follow Up: $200
Group Therapy:  $50
Sleep Coaching: $75 per 30 min
Parent Coaching: $150 per 60 min

How can my child get started?

Starting is as easy as going to our website. Go to https://pmpediatrics.com/behavioralhealth/appointment/ to schedule your first appointment.  If you have questions about our services, please calls us (516) 738-5600 or email us at behavioralhealth@pmpediatrics.com.

Learn More about the Members Of Our Team

Child Psychologist
A child psychologist is a doctoral level licensed mental health professional (PsyD/PhD) who has received advanced training in how behavioral health issues develop and are treated in children, adolescents, and young adults.

Child psychologists conduct assessments, make diagnoses, and provide therapy. They are not medical doctors and do not prescribe medication.

Child Psychiatrist
A child psychiatrist is a licensed medical doctor (MD, DO) who specializes in the management of mental and behavioral health disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults although they also have had training in adult psychiatry.

Child psychiatrists can prescribe medication when it is appropriate. In some cases, they may provide therapy as well. They serve an important function in a collaborative care team as a resource to the other professionals on the team.

Psychopharmacologist
A psychopharmacologist is a licensed medical doctor (MD, DO) who is board certified in a specialty other than psychiatry (such as a pediatrician or emergency medicine physician) and has taken advanced training in the prescription and maintenance of psychotropic medication (medication used to treat mental and behavioral health issues).

Psychopharmacologists usually work as part of a team with other professionals such as therapists, physicians, teachers, and school counselors.

Child Social Work Therapist
A child social work therapist is a licensed mental health provider such as a LSW, LMSW, or LCSW with specific training and/or experience in providing psychotherapy and other therapeutic interventions to children, adolescents, and young adults. They typically are masters-level providers and may have additional experience with case work or case management.

Child Social Work Therapists are not medical doctors and do not prescribe medication.

Child Therapist
A child therapist is a general term for any mental health professional who has completed training in child therapy and is licensed or certified to provide that service.

Child therapists may be Social Workers, Psychologists, or Counselors. They provide psychotherapy or other therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and young adults as well as collaborate with their families.

Sleep Specialist
A sleep specialist is a provider who has received specialized training and certification in techniques to improve how infants, children, and adolescents sleep. They are trained to identify and remediate problematic behaviors and habits that interfere with a child’s sleep.

Parent Coach
A parent coach is a professional trained in child development and behavior. They work with parents to teach them tips and techniques to improve their confidence and satisfaction in parenting through addressing their concerns about dynamics within the parent-child relationship. They may have a background in social work, psychology, counseling, or education.

Behavioral Health Care Manager
A Behavioral Health Care Manager (BHCM) is an integral member of a comprehensive care team. The BHCM is a touchpoint for patients and families, helping them navigate their experience obtaining and participating in services. They conduct comprehensive intakes to obtain a sense of the services best suited to the reason for referral and assign additional members of the care team, such as therapists or psychopharmacologists, as appropriate. They may also provide referrals to other resources or services. BHCMs often have backgrounds in such disciplines as social work, counseling, or therapy provision. They work together with other members of the care team including therapists, psychopharmacologists, pediatricians in the child’s medical home, and consultants to ensure efficient and comprehensive behavioral health care service delivery.