School of Medicine, Marillac team up to form child psychiatry center

KU’s School of Medicine and Marillac, a comprehensive mental health care center for children, are collaborating to create a Center of Excellence for Child Psychiatry.

School of Medicine faculty psychiatrists will begin providing child and adolescent patient care May 23 at the Marillac Center at 8000 W. 127th St. in Overland Park. Marillac’s current psychiatrist, Brian Barash, a graduate of KU’s School of Medicine, will join the school’s faculty. Inpatient treatment will be provided by Marillac psychiatric staff and by the school’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences working through the KU Physicians practice group.

The combined faculty will deliver high-quality child psychiatry services to all in-patients at Marillac. In the coming months, School of Medicine faculty psychiatrists will also provide outpatient care at Marillac in addition to the outpatient care they provide at the KU Medical Center’s main campus, ensuring seamless continuity of care for patients.

“Combining our faculty allows us to provide leading-edge care at Marillac while training the next generation of professionals in a child-centered setting,” said Barbara Atkinson, executive vice chancellor of the KU Medical Center.

KU Hospital will close its 16-bed child and adolescent in-patient unit by May 23, allowing patients to be served in the state-of-the-art environment offered at Marillac’s 32-bed child psychiatry facility. In the larger setting, children will have greater access to services – particularly group therapy with similarly aged patients.

“The Marillac collaboration is in the best interest of our child and adolescent patients,” said Bob Page, president and chief executive officer of KU Hospital. “Young patients will have more opportunities for group therapy among their peers. Marillac offers young patients access to the full continuum of behavioral health care in an environment designed specifically for their needs.”

Page emphasized that the hospital’s 24-bed adult psychiatric in-patient unit will remain open. KU Physicians will continue to provide adult and child outpatient psychiatric care on the main campus.

“We are excited to align with the University of Kansas School of Medicine in this new endeavor,” said Mark Richards, president and CEO of Marillac. “Not only will this enable us to dramatically increase our capacity to serve children and families in need, but our facility will offer KU faculty the opportunity to train future psychiatrists in a comprehensive treatment center.”

Richards noted that those patients needing residential treatment would have access to Marillac’s 52 residential beds.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for both institutions,” said Barash. “This collaboration fulfills a need for increased mental health services for children and adolescents in our community.”

“With this partnership, we have an opportunity to provide more comprehensive services,” said William Gabrielli, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. “This collaboration offers great advantages to the current patients of both facilities and creates new opportunities, as our faculty members will be able to treat more patients in a setting designed to enhance our quality child psychiatry education program.”

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