CHILD MIND INSTITUTE INC

Transforming Children's Lives

New York, NY   |  www.childmind.org

Mission

The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need to thrive. We're the leading independent nonprofit in children's mental health, operating three Mission Areas that work together for greater impact: Care, Education and Science. We have reached more than 50,000 children through clinical care, research evaluations, and school-based programs, and more than three-quarters of the children we have reached across all our programs received free or reduced-cost services.

Ruling year info

2009

Principal Officer

Harold S. Koplewicz MD

Main address

101 East 56th Street

New York, NY 10022 USA

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EIN

80-0478843

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Single Organization Support (H11)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Clinical Care

The Child Mind Institute clinical program provides high-quality, evidence-based clinical care for children struggling with mental health and learning disorders.

Financial Aid Program:
The Financial Aid Program helps children and families receive the treatment they need regardless of ability to pay, offering eligible families a discount of up to 70% of the cost of clinical services at the Child Mind Institute.

Core Clinical Centers:
Psychopharmacology Center
Learning and Development Center
Mood Disorders Center
Anxiety Disorders Center
ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center
Autism Center

School and Community Programs:
By bringing evidence-based mental health care to underserved communities, and providing services at no cost to patient families, we are eliminating barriers to care that prevent children and adolescents from receiving the help they need, while building educators’ and parents’ capacities to meet the mental health needs of their students and children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with psychosocial disabilities

The Child Mind Institute’s Center for the Developing Brain is advancing the science of the developing brain and our understanding of child mental health disorders through cutting-edge research and open data sharing with the global scientific community.

Healthy Brain Network:
Our signature community-based research study, the Healthy Brain Network is collecting brain imaging, genetics and biological samples along with standardized psychiatric, behavioral, cognitive, and lifestyle information from 10,000 children and adolescents in communities across the New York metropolitan area (ages 5-21). Furthermore, our community-based approach provides free diagnostic clinical evaluations to the children who participate, as well as care coordination, if needed. When complete, this initiative will create the largest, most comprehensive data resource for childhood mental health disorders anywhere. By making this data openly available to multidisciplinary researchers from around the world, we can help to unlock the secrets of the developing brain, discover biomarkers of mental health disorders, and make transformative change in the way clinicians test, diagnose and treat mental health and learning disorders.

Scientific Research Council:
Comprised of 15 of the nation’s top minds in developmental neuroscience and pediatric psychiatry and psychology, the Scientific Research Council brings together scientists and clinician-researchers to create a global incubator for collaborative progress in children’s mental health. Functioning as a multi-institutional scientific think-tank, the Council includes distinguished scientists in the fields of epidemiology, neurobiology, clinical neuroscience and prevention, and experts in anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and eating disorders.

Innovative Technologies Lab:
The Innovative Technologies Lab is developing wearable technologies, sensors, and mobile applications that gather real-world data on children’s mental health to help improve the way we diagnose and treat mental health disorders. The information collected, including biometrics, environmental stressors, movement and behavior, can potentially provide more accurate diagnostic tests, evaluate symptom severity, and objectively track the onset of symptomatic behaviors to inform treatment methods. In addition, smartphone applications can provide digital versions of proven treatment techniques to promote the use of treatment strategies by children and their families outside the doctor’s office.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with psychosocial disabilities

The Child Mind Institute provides authoritative, science-based information and resources about children's mental health to parents, educators, and other mental health professionals and expands the national conversation around the topic. Our aim is simple: to end the stigma and misinformation that cause so many children to miss out on life-changing treatments.

Childmind.org:
Our website serves as a comprehensive online resource where parents and professionals can find scientifically sound information on child and adolescent mental health. The site houses a Symptom Checker, A-to-Z Disorder Guide, Trauma Guides translated into 10 languages, and articles and videos on hot-topic parenting issues.

Mental Health Awareness Month: The Child Mind Institute promotes public information, awareness and advocacy events throughout the month of May. Two high-impact programs anchor this campaign: the Change Maker Awards ceremony in early May and the #MyYoungerSelf celebrity storytelling and anti-stigma drive throughout the month.

Adam Jeffrey Katz Memorial Conversation:
Designed to raise awareness and educate the public about childhood mental health and learning disorders, this annual conversation was launched in 2003 as a living memorial to Adam Katz, who struggled with ADHD and dyslexia. The event features a candid conversation with a prominent guest about living with a mental health disorder. Past honorees have included actor Orlando Bloom, actress and producer Trudie Styler, producer Brian Grazer, singer Naomi Judd, actress Lorraine Bracco, and actress Whoopi Goldberg.

On the Shoulders of Giants Symposium:
Each year, the Scientific Research Council selects a scientist to receive the Distinguished Scientist Award for his or her lifetime of research and contributions to the fields of child mental health and developmental neuroscience. At the Symposium, the awardee is a featured speaker, along with two generations of his or her proteges. This presentation gives the research community, and particularly younger scientists, a view into the transformational power of dedication and collaboration in science.

Project UROK:
Project UROK reaches out to teens directly and allows them to engage in the conversation about mental health on their terms in their space: online. Project UROK aims to de-stigmatize through storytelling. The Project shares funny, meaningful videos for teenagers struggling with mental health issues, made by people who have experienced similar challenges, and provides content that engages and supports those who need it most through comedy sketches, testimonials, informational videos, web series, and more. Project UROK provides a sense of belonging, comfort, and hope, as well as practical tips. Teenagers can also upload their own videos, thereby empowering them to participate in the conversation about mental health.

Population(s) Served
Families
People with psychosocial disabilities

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Public Education and Outreach

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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Public Education and Outreach

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Increasing

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Public Education and Outreach

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Increasing

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Public Education and Outreach

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Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Child Mind Institute envisions a world where no child or adolescent struggles with a mental health or learning disorder; where evidence-based mental health care is available to all children; where the diagnosis and treatment of mental health and learning disorders are more objective and effective due to better biological tests; and where all parents, caregivers and child-serving professionals have access to the resources, information and support they need to promote children's healthy emotional and behavioral development, and know how to identify problems and intervene early, when treatment is proven most effective, thereby helping all children reach their full potential.

At the Child Mind Institute, we focus our efforts on children because childhood is when mental health and learning disorders first appear – 75% before age 24. We have three main strategies for achieving our mission and vision:

1) Delivering Care: We provide the highest quality evidence-based care, tailored to the unique needs of each child. Child Mind Institute clinicians are seeing children more frequently, treating them more efficiently, and using highly specialized behavioral approaches that are proven effective in reducing symptoms and improving the quality of life for children struggling with mental health and learning disorders. By providing services in schools in underserved communities with limited access to evidence-based mental health care, we can reach even more vulnerable children who would otherwise struggle to receive the care that they need.

2) Accelerating Discovery: We are advancing the science of the developing brain by using innovative technologies and a big data/open science paradigm to accelerate discovery. By compiling the largest data resource on the developing brain anywhere, and making this data available to multi-disciplinary scientists all over the world, we are expediting discoveries of the biological markers of mental illness. Together with our innovative technologies, these breakthroughs will lead to the development of objective measures to diagnose, track, and treat child mental health and learning disorders.

3) Empowering Change: We are reducing the stigma and misinformation that cause so many children to miss out on life-changing treatment through our public education programs. Our website, childmind.org, serves as a comprehensive online resource where parents and professionals can find scientifically sound information on child and adolescent mental health. The site houses a Symptom Checker, A-to-Z Disorder Guide, Trauma Guides translated into 10 languages, and articles and videos on hot-topic parenting issues (many of which are available in Spanish). Additionally, our annual month-long awareness campaign in May engages stakeholders through a variety of events and digital campaigns to reduce the stigma associated with mental health, going hand in hand with the efforts of the Adam Katz Memorial Conversation, On the Shoulders of Giants Symposium, and Project UROK, which engage mental health professionals, researchers, celebrities, adolescents and families in a larger conversation about mental health.

Founded in 2009, the Child Mind Institute has grown tremendously in its short history, touching the lives of millions of children, youth and families in New York City, across the nation and around the world. Our high-quality, innovative services founded on evidence-based practices, our ambitious, competent leadership and dedicated teams, and ongoing philanthropic support have enabled the Child Mind Institute to grow rapidly to meet the demands of families in New York City and across the country, while also pushing innovation in the field of child mental health research and public education. As a result of our sound, strategic planning and organizational successes to date, we expect to continue serving thousands of children, parents and professionals directly each year, while also laying the foundation in research and treatment innovation to benefit millions of children in the years to come.

1) Access to Care: As a testament to our exceptional clinical services, our clinicians have seen more than 12,500 patients from 48 states and 44 nations from 2010 to 2022. Our clinicians have worked in more than 100 schools and organizations throughout New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, Newark, New Jersey, and Baltimore, Maryland, providing mental health workshops, training and classroom coaching to thousands of teachers, parents and other professionals, imparting skills to promote good mental health and positive behavior. We have also provided workshops and treatment to over 27,000 children in the community as of February 2022, and indirectly benefited several thousand additional students by educating and training teachers and parents. We have disseminated vitally-needed resources to all 1,800+ NYC DOE schools. Despite these accomplishments, there are still many more children in New York City and beyond who are struggling with mental health and learning disorders and desperately need high-quality evidence-based mental health support. As students and educators face the challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, we have expanded care across the country through digital trainings and workshops.

2) Accelerating Discovery: Our open science/big data approach to research has captured global attention with thousands of researchers in more than 3,300 cities worldwide accessing our shared data sets, leading to over 1,200 published articles. Launched in 2015, the Healthy Brain Network is proving to be an extraordinary success. With more than 5,300 children enrolled or participating, over 3,900 of whom have completed the study, and 711 children on the waitlist (unheard of in research) as of February 2022, the initiative is gaining the attention and praise of federal agencies and the international research community. When complete, HBN will offer the largest, most comprehensive data resource for childhood mental health disorders anywhere, leading to transformative change in the way clinicians test, diagnose and treat mental health and learning disorders.

3) Empowering Change: Since the launch of childmind.org nine years ago, we have received 87 million visits from people seeking dependable, up-to-date information on child mental health and learning disorders. Our public education campaigns typically attract hundreds of attendees, while engaging millions more families and professionals through social media and online streaming events. Over five years, our Mental Health Awareness Month initiatives generated 16.5 billion media impressions. Our public education efforts will continue to reach out to families, child-serving professionals, and policymakers with the vital information needed to eliminate the stigma associated with child mental health and learning disorders, and to advocate for early intervention and care.

How we listen

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CHILD MIND INSTITUTE INC

Board of directors
as of 08/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Ram Sundaram


Board co-chair

Mr. Joseph Healey

Arthur Altschul Jr.

Phyllis Green

Randolph Cowen

Mark Dowley

Elizabeth Fascitelli

Michael Fascitelli

Margaret Grieve

Ellen Katz

Howard Katz

Jane Rosenthal

Christine Mack

Richard Mack

Anne McNulty

Julie Minskoff

Daniel Neidich

Jordan Schaps

Preethi Krishna

Linda Schaps

Joshua Resnick

Linnea Roberts

Debra Perelman

Brooke Garber Neidich

Jonathan Harris

Zibby Owens

David Shapiro

Devon Briger

Emma Stone

Megan Bell

Gunjan Bhow

Guy Metcalfe

Christina Minnis

Andy Saperstein

Ehren Stenzler

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/2/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/02/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.