Making a Referral to CEDAR
Anyone can make a referral to CEDAR by calling (617) 754-1223. You may call for yourself or someone about whom you are concerned.
What Happens When You Call Us?
CEDAR is a little different from a typical outpatient center in two ways.
First, all of our programming requires an initial eligibility assessment. We want to be sure you are a good fit for us and we for you.
Second, we offer assessments, education, symptom monitoring and treatment in the context of research studies as well as clinical care. We will do our best to explain the options. When you call:
- We will review our phone screening process with you.
- We will find out what led you to call, what you are looking for, and what questions you have.
- We will likely ask you about your age, current concerns, social and school or work activities, prior mental health history, and treatment history. You do not have to answer any questions you do not want to. This information just helps us determine whether further assessment makes sense.
- We may ask permission to speak with others (parents, family, treatment providers) to help with deciding next steps.
- If you are not eligible to be seen within one of our programs, we will do our best to give you ideas of other people or places to call.
- If we think you may be eligible, we will discuss options for having a clinical assessment in either a research study or the clinic. Both involve meeting with a clinician with specialized assessment training. Importantly, you can participate in both research and clinic services.
Since many people are not as familiar with what participating in a research study involves, we outline here some of the pros and cons:
Benefits of research evaluation
- More flexible scheduling of assessment times
- More thorough interviews
- The youth gets paid to participate
- You contribute to our understanding of mental health symptoms in youths
- You and the youth receive verbal feedback
- With permission, feedback can be shared with current clinicians
Benefits of clinic consultation
- Includes a psychiatrist
- Provides a written consultation letter
If you are interested in participating in a research study, we often recommend starting with the research evaluation before coming for a clinic consultation or services. Once you decide whether you would like to begin with a research study or a clinic consultation, we will help to facilitate scheduling that appointment date with you. Please note that you can participate in research and receive clinic services at the same time.