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A Child's Place - Behavioral Health


Exterior view of 600 Broadway Street PeaceHealth Clinic Building in Longview, Washington
600 Broadway St.
First Floor
Longview, WA 98632
Operating Hours
Mon: Closed
Tue – Thu: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Fri – Sun: Closed

A Child’s Place serves families with children who need professional assistance with behavioral and emotional problems, psychological testing, or psychiatric evaluation and medication management in Southwest Washington and Oregon Regions.

A Child’s Place was created to offer children and families assessment, diagnosis and treatment of emotional and behavioral issues, with guidance and support from caring and knowledgeable professionals.

Founded with the support of local philanthropic investments and sponsored by PeaceHealth, the purpose of A Child’s Place is to provide the best care possible with compassion and sensitivity in a secure safe environment staffed by people who care and know how to help.

The services provided include:

  • Evaluation/Assessments which target high-risk families and children
  • Psychiatric Evaluations
  • Development of Treatment Plans in collaboration with other child serving agencies through multi-disciplinary treatment team meetings
  • Parent Education Services through group structure based on community needs
  • Medication Management in cooperation with Primary Care Physicians and Pediatricians
How to refer to A Child’s Place

Referrals are generally accepted for any child meeting eligibility criteria. Most referrals come from the following sources:

  • Access Center/PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center
  • Crisis services/LCMHC
  • Department of Social and Health Services
  • Division of Child and Family Services
  • Hospitals/medical community
  • Juvenile department
  • Other mental health agencies
  • Parents
  • Pre-school teachers
  • Primary care physicians, pediatricians, OB/GYN’s
  • School counselors/teachers
  • Social workers

Providers should have a parent/legal guardian contact A Child's Place for a phone inquiry and appointment. In addition, a written referral from a provider is desirable, either mailed or faxed.

When to make an appointment

Ask yourself the following questions about your child:

  • Does he/she cry easily?
  • Does he/she seem irritable or anxious?
  • Does he/she have a negative view of "their" world?
  • Does he/she have difficulty concentrating?
  • Have you seen a change in his/her appetite?
  • Have you seen a change in his/her sleep pattern?
  • Does he/she seem to be more "clingy"?
  • Does he/she try to hurt themselves or have thoughts of suicide?

If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, your child may need intervention....we can help! Please call for a phone inquiry and appointment. 

History, Mission and Vision

Changing a generation - one child at a time.

In the early 1990's it became evident that children in our community were in critical need of specialized mental health services. The St. John Medical Center Foundation wanted to use its resources to address this vital need. The dream of creating A Child’s Place was initially identified by the Children’s Interagency Board (leaders of local children’s organizations). Psychiatric unit staff agreed there should be a place for children to be assessed, and where services could be coordinated between medical and social service professionals.

Task Force

A community Task Force defined the program. The Foundation held fund-raisers and created a large base of community donors. Within a couple of years, enough money was pledged to make the dream a reality. The doors opened In 1997 with Dr. Mark Schwei and Program Manager Kyle Rahn acting as team leaders for A Child’s Place. The Foundation continued to raise funds and participated with management of this new program. The Task Force and some members of the Foundation Board formed an Advisory Board, assisting with the development and operation of A Child’s Place. Annual symposiums involved multiple professionals and members of the community, and helped to keep the vision of A Child's Place strong and clear.

Focus

The focus of A Child’s Place continues to be prevention, early intervention, and education. Issues of older children were so severe, however, that most of the early critical services were directed to that population. There have been changes in psychiatric leadership over time, and the severity of children’s issues dictated the need for more than one psychiatrist. The program has, by necessity, become more clinical in nature than originally intended. The Advisory Board continues to provide leadership to work toward the vision – serving the young child, collaborating with other community professionals and with parents, sponsoring educational forums, and “changing a generation – one child at a time.”

Our Mission

A Child’s Place will strengthen children and families by identifying and coordinating local treatment, services, and support, and by emphasizing prevention, early intervention and education.

A Child’s Place will change a generation... one child at a time.

Vision for a Child's Place

A Child’s Place will be the focal point for our community’s commitment to children and families. It will allow health and behavioral health professionals to share and learn together so they can continually improve the work they do on behalf of children and adolescents. It will empower parents and professionals to be effective partners.

A Child’s Place will be a center for ensuring that assessments address multiple life domains that focus on the whole child and his or her individual environment. Assessments will result in treatment recommendations and support plans that can be delivered with a reasonable expectation of success.

It will be known for its challenge to change a generation. It will strengthen families and reduce the number of at-risk children/adolescents in our community. It will provide opportunities for individual, group, and community education.

A Child’s Place will support "village-like" teams, find resources, and shape individualized service packages that are tailored to the particular needs of the child.

When to Get Help

Consider getting help if your child:

  • cries easily
  • seems irritable or anxious
  • has a negative view of "their" world
  • has difficulty concentrating
  • has a change in appetite
  • has a change in sleep patterns
  • seems to be more "clingy"
  • bullies or is bullied
  • tries to hurt themselves
  • has thoughts of suicide

Please call for a phone inquiry and appointment.

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