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DABSJ Expands Child Psychiatric Services to General Public

D.A. Blodgett - St. John's Expands Child Psychiatric Services to General Public

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the well-being of children and families, proudly announces the expansion of child psychiatric services to the general public. This initiative responds to the critical need for accessible and compassionate psychiatric care for youth in Michigan.

Joel Bell, Chief Programs Officer for DABSJ, highlights the significance of expansion by stating, “DABSJ recognizes the critical importance of competent psychiatric support for children in our community. This is a life-saving and life-changing resource for children and their families. Knowing this and knowing how difficult it can be for parents to find psychiatric help for the children, we are pleased to offer this to the community and hopeful for the positive impact that this will have.

While DABSJ’s on-site medical services have long been available for youth in DABSJ programming and living on campus, it is extending its experienced medical team to serve the wider community. Psychiatric services include evaluation and medication management for children under 18, with accepted commercial insurances including Blue Care Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Priority Health, ASR, United Healthcare, and Aetna. Patients can self-refer or be referred by their physician or mental health treatment provider.

Services are offered at DABSJ’s new comprehensive facility, opened in 2023, at 2172 Dean Lake Ave NE in Grand Rapids. Patients can also be easily linked to additional DABSJ services offered on-site as needed.

“As professionals, caregivers, parents, and community members, we at DABSJ know personally how important it is for children to have access to responsive mental health care,” Bell said. “And we understand how this can have a ripple effect on their parents, siblings, friends, classmates, and more. We’re excited to make this contribution to our community.”

To learn more about the expanded Child Psychiatry services and DABSJ’s medical team, visit To inquire about getting started with psychiatric services, please email

DABSJ is inclusive and welcoming – from our team members, to the children we serve, to the families we license as foster parents. You could play a part in providing homes and hope for children who need a place to be themselves.