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We offer a complete range of clinical services to the population of Los Angeles and beyond.

Our specialists have expertise in general psychiatry as well as numerous subspecialties, including child, forensic, geriatric and consultation-liaison psychiatry.

Our clinical programs include services to treat AIDS and aging, anxiety, child abuse, childhood learning disorders and hyperactivity, cross-cultural studies (which features a multilingual staff, including those fluent in Spanish, Korean and Farsi), mood disorders and schizophrenia.

Specialty Areas

Through USC-affiliated hospitals and clinics, the department’s clinical services include 24/7 consultation, outpatient evaluation and treatment, and psychiatric hospitalization for advanced diagnostic and therapeutic services.

If you are a patient seeking information about our clinical services, please visit: http://keckmedicine.org.

Adolescent Inpatient Services

The Psychiatric Adolescent Inpatient Service, a 10-bed unit, is located at the Augustus Hawkins Mental Health Center. Patients admitted to the adolescent unit come from the LAC+USC Psychiatric Emergency Room, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Child/Adolescent Outpatient Clinic, Probation Health Services (including Juvenile Hall) and direct referrals from physicians, hospitals, and other public and community agencies. Treatment consists of individual, family and group therapy, a structured-therapeutic social milieu, medication management, occupational therapy, recreation therapy and psychological assessment. Teachers from the local school system provide educational evaluation and instruction.

Adult Inpatient Services

Psychiatric Adult Inpatient Services is located at the Augustus F. Hawkins Mental Center and provided by LAC+USC faculty and staff on five inpatient adult wards. The average daily census is 52 patients. Patients are admitted with a variety of acute psychiatric diagnoses; many have comorbid substance abuse and medical problems. An internist is on site and available for consultation. Acute care and treatment consists of a structured social environment with emphasis on reality reinforcement, psychiatric medication, individual and group psychotherapy, psychological assessment, occupational therapy, recreational therapy and psychiatric social services, including family therapy and discharge planning.

Adult Outpatient Services

The Psychiatric Adult Outpatient Clinic serves the mental health needs of the surrounding communities by providing psychiatric evaluation, psychological evaluation and testing, management, and individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy services. Patients may be self-referred or referred for evaluation by community agencies or from other divisions of the medical center. Follow-up clinics provide aftercare services for chronic mentally ill patients. Approximately 1,000 patients currently receive services at the Adult Outpatient Clinic.

The clinic has bilingual clinicians and support staff available to treat Spanish-speaking patients. Case-management support services are available to help patients arrange housing and financial assistance. Active clinical research programs in the outpatient clinic focus on the treatment of schizophrenic disorders and anxiety disorders.

Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services

The Psychiatric Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic provides psychiatric evaluation, medication evaluation, psychological testing, individual and family psychotherapy with or without medication, and cognitive–behavior modification therapy for persons under the age of 18. Approximately 400 children and adolescents currently receive outpatient services. Adolescents with a broad range of problems are served, including those with hyperactivity, family-related problems, developmental disabilities, depression, schizophrenia and school failure as well as victims of abuse or violence. Long-term treatment is provided for adolescents who attend a special educational program and are identified as emotionally disturbed by the Los Angeles Unified School District. In addition, we offer a child and adolescent trauma evaluation and treatment program utilizing trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral treatment.

Faculty Practice Plan

A wide range of mental health services — including psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy, medication evaluation and management — and psychological testing are available through the Faculty Practice Plan. The plan provides services to USC students, employees and their family members as well as community members. Clinicians serve on panels of several managed behavioral healthcare firms, making clinical services easily available to patients covered by these plans.

Forensic Psychiatric Service

The Forensic Psychiatric Service is a major resource for Los Angeles County and Southern California, possessing an interdisciplinary team of professionals trained and experienced in the interface of mental health and legal issues. Direct service activities consist of written evaluations for criminal, civil and juvenile despondency/delinquency matters, temporary conservatorship evaluations and conservatorship evaluations, all of which include assessments, evaluations and court appearances. Services also include treatment for mentally disordered offenders. Additionally, the service offers consultations to a wide variety of health and mental health professionals at the LAC+USC Medical Center. It provides consultative, educational and informational services to community care facilities, government agencies, human services, law enforcement, the justice system, mental health agencies and the community at large.

Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Hospital Psychiatric Consult Service

The Consultation-Liaison psychiatry service at the Keck and Norris hospitals provides comprehensive psychiatric assessments and treatment recommendation for inpatients being treated at either hospital. In addition, liaison programs are provided for specific patient populations, including those with cystic fibrosis or who have undergone solid organ transplant. The service works closely with the hospitals’ social work department to establish and promote an integrative care model of behavioral health. The service is a teaching site for medical students and psychiatry residents, and participates in ongoing clinical research.

Medically Complicated Psychiatric Clinic

Services Offered:

  • Comprehensive adult psychiatric consultations for patients with co-occurring psychiatric and medical conditions
  • Medication management
  • Behavioral health interventions (e.g., relaxation and stress management training)
  • Short-term evidenced based psychotherapy (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Interpersonal Therapy)

 What We Treat:

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety and stress disorders
  • Medically unexplained physical symptoms
  • Distress due to medical conditions
  • Adjustment to acute/chronic illness
  • Enhancing motivation for lifestyle change

 Insurances Accepted:

  • Medicare, Blue Cross PPO, USC Network Insurance, USC Student Aetna Plan, and cash pay

Treatment Team:

Thomas Garrick, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Jonathan Wong, Psy.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Stephanie Cho, M.D.
Psychosomatic Medicine Fellow

Go to http://www.keckmedicine.org/psychiatry-and-behavioral-sciences/ for appointments and eligibility.

Psychiatric Adult Consultation and Liaison Services

The Psychiatric Adult Consultation and Liaison Service provides consultations upon request for any inpatient 18 years of age or older on a non-psychiatric service at LAC+USC Medical Center. This extremely active service sees several hundred patient visits per month, of which about 20 percent are new consults and 80 percent are follow-up contacts. Consultations generated from health professionals include requests for diagnostic evaluation, treatment interventions, assistance with medication and management, and competency determinations.

Patients may suffer from a wide range of psychiatric problems, including physiological conditions that cause delirium, anxiety and depression. They may also present with a wide range of cognitive, psychotic, personality, somatoform and/or adjustment disorders, including suicidal ideation with attempts. Psychiatric interventions resolve many issues and may prevent the need for further hospitalization.

Psychiatric Child and Adolescent Crisis Evaluation/Emergency Psychiatric Service

The Psychiatric Child and Adolescent Consultation and Liaison Services provides psychiatric services to any patient under the age of 18 and for treatment teams who care for these adolescents throughout the LAC+USC Medical Center. Services are individual or family-oriented. The service also makes recommendations for the use of psychotropic medications. Mental disorders or conditions seen on the service include mood disorders, psychotic disorders, intoxication, suicidal behaviors, behavioral problems and conditions that result from medical problems. In addition to the treatment teams, the service may interface with children’s service agencies, including schools, the juvenile justice system, child protective services and other hospitals. Emergency consultations are primarily provided in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s emergency room and the LAC+USC Medical Center’s emergency room. Some children and adolescents are placed on involuntary holds, especially those with severe suicidal behavior, and subsequently transferred to the psychiatric unit at Augustus Hawkins Mental Health Center or another community hospital.

Psychiatric Emergency Services

Psychiatric Emergency Services are provided to patients of all ages 24/7. Voluntary and involuntary psychiatric patients from the community are evaluated, provided with emergency treatment and hospitalized or referred to appropriate services in the community. Patients are brought in by family, friends, police, probation officers and mobile emergency assessment teams, and by ambulance from a number of community agencies and hospitals.

Most of those seen by staff in the LAC+USC Psychiatric Emergency Service are chronic and severely mentally ill patients who reside in the greater central area of Los Angeles. Of the several hundred patients per month seen in the service, one-third are brought in by various police agencies.

Psychiatric Social Work Services

The Division of Psychiatric Social Work provides initial psychiatric assessments for patients in the Inpatient Unit, Psychiatric Adult Outpatient Clinic, and Psychiatric Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic. Psychiatric social workers provide a full range of clinical services that includes multiple treatment modalities, such as education for patients and families, psychotherapy, and follow-up information and referrals. Treatment needs and patient abilities are regularly reassessed in order to promote recovery and improve functioning. As appropriate and needed, psychiatric social workers may function as consultants to interdisciplinary staff, schools, probation, courts and other agencies. Psychiatric social workers also provide education to students of various disciplines.

Psychological Services

The Division of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry provides a range of services at the LAC+USC Medical Center. Psychological Assessment is available to medical and psychiatric in-and outpatients each year. Individual and group psychotherapy is offered to psychiatric outpatients. All services are available in Spanish. Specialty services vary from treatment of adults abused as children, to neuropsychological assessment. The Division has an active training program in psychological assessment.