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The Developmental and Behavioral Health program at Children's Mercy is one of the largest collaborative behavioral health programs of its kind in the country. Under one umbrella, we address the developmental, psychiatric, and psychological needs of children of all ages. 

Expert care

In the Robert and Karissa Alumbaugh Family Developmental and Behavioral Health program, we have an expert team of professionals ready to work with your child. Our staff includes licensed psychologists, developmental pediatricians, child and adolescent psychiatrists, clinical social workers, and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

For children who are in the hospital and experiencing psychological effects associated with their chronic medical conditions, traumatic injury or experience, we have developed a focused consultation-liaison team of psychologists, psychiatrists, developmental pediatricians, and family therapists to address their unique needs.

Services offered

Services we can offer to your child include:

  • Comprehensive Autism Spectrum Disorder evaluations

  • Therapeutic interventions

  • Developmental evaluation and monitoring

  • Medication management

  • Psychosocial assessment and intervention for children with chronic and acute medical conditions

  • Psychoeducational assessment

  • Psychological/psychiatric evaluation

Clinical Services

Children's Mercy provides services and resources for early diagnosis and intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

The Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder Specialty Clinic provides care for children ages 6-12 who struggle with attention and impulse control. The staff of developmental pediatricians and psychologists works with your primary care provider to assess and treat your child.

The Eating Disorders Center at Children's Mercy provides specialized outpatient services to children, adolescents, and young adults using a family-based approach, for the evaluation and treatment of eating disorders.

Children’s Mercy provides mental health services, including assessment, diagnosis and treatment, for its patients through its Developmental and Behavioral Health and Child and Family Therapy departments.

The Psychiatry Section provides evaluation, diagnosis and care for children and adolescents with behavioral, emotional and developmental disorders.

Pediatric primary care psychologists are here for any child that may need help working through emotional or behavioral problems. We care for kids through the Psychology Clinic, consultation services and partnership with primary care providers.

Children with Tourette syndrome receive the highest level of care in the Midwest at the Children’s Mercy Tourette Syndrome Center of Excellence — the nation’s only center of excellence devoted exclusively to kids.


  • Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

  • Autism spectrum disorders

  • Behavior disorders

  • Depression

  • Developmental disorders

  • Elimination disorders

  • Feeding and eating disorders

  • Learning disorders

  • Mood disorders

  • Pain management

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Psychosocial intervention for chronic and acute medical conditions

CARE Workshops

Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) Workshops were developed for parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12 who have experienced stressful or traumatic events in their lives, children with behavior problems, or parents who want to strengthen the relationship with their child. The goal of CARE is to strengthen the adult-child relationship and increase children’s positive behaviors.

Workshops are available in Spanish. Las fechas de otoño llegarán pronto.

Prepped and Ready

Prepped and Ready is a presentation that helps parents learn what steps they can take to manage the tricky transition from parenting a child to parenting a teenager, with an emphasis on suicide prevention.

Understanding and Managing ADHD: Behavioral Parent Training (BPT) Group

Children’s Mercy is offering a parent group targeted to help parents understand and manage their child’s ADHD. We will teach parents about what ADHD is, how to use consequences to build on the parent-child relationship and manage ADHD symptoms, how to manage school-related challenges, how to use time-out effectively, and many other strategies to help decrease parent and child stress and increase family success. These parent groups have been found to be effective in teaching parents how to manage their child’s ADHD, even more so than individual therapy.

The inspiration behind our program

The transformative care in the Developmental and Behavioral Health program is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Robert and Karissa Alumbaugh Family.