1-855-KIDLINK available for children with behavioral problems or
Hospital, the nation’s first psychiatric hospital for children and
adolescents, has collaborated with Gateway Healthcare, Rhode Island’s
largest community behavioral health care provider, to offer a 24-hour
hotline for children in need of mental health care.
Kids’Link RI is a hotline that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a
week for children in emotional crisis and who are suffering from
behavioral problems or psychiatric illness.
“As many parents know all too well, a child can have a crisis or an
emergency any time of the day or night. We want to make sure families
have access to the care they need,” said Henry Sachs, M.D., chief
medical officer of Bradley Hospital. “With the Kids’Link hotline, we are
providing a safety net, so that no matter where or when a child needs
help, he or she can receive it.”
The hotline -- 1-855-KIDLINK -- connects parents and caregivers
to children’s mental health services in Rhode Island, and helps families
determine the best place to go for treatment. With this confidential
hotline, parents and caregivers can dial a toll-free number, and be
connected with emergency service clinicians or receive direction about
the appropriate “next step” for managing their crisis.
“We are so pleased to partner with Bradley Hospital to make the Kids’
Link hotline available,” said Gateway President and CEO Richard Leclerc.
“There is nothing more heartbreaking than a child suffering with
behavioral health issues, and we want to ensure that access to services
is swift and seamless. The Kids’ Link hotline will prove to be an
important community resource going forward.”
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to call the hotline on behalf of
any child who is:
Feeling excessive anger or sadness
Hurting himself/herself or others
Lashing out at siblings, friends and adults
Having behavior problems at school
Having severe worries
When necessary, evaluations for children are offered at Bradley Hospital
and Gateway Healthcare locations. For more information about Kids’Link
RI, please visit http://www.bradleyhospital.org/KidsLinkRI.