Children's Medical Center Suicide Prevention and Resilience at Children’s (SPARC) program is an evidence-based, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) focusing on reducing risk for self-harm and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. SPARC is a suicide prevention program within the Department of Psychiatry at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, providing clinical care, training, and research opportunities to reduce teen suicide.
214-456-5900 Children's Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic
214-456-2100 Children's Emergency Room
Adolescents, ages 12-17 years, who:
All teens must be in treatment with a psychiatrist and/or therapist. Assistance in locating these serves will be provided, and may be available though the Children's Outpatient Clinic.
Providers & Parents
Current treatment providers & parents can contact the Children's Care Coordinator at 214-456-3600 to provide information about the teen they would like to refer. Important information to provide will include:
If appropriate for the program, the Care Coordinator asks to speak to both the current treatment providers and the family prior to scheduling an intake assessment.
Due to the severity of suicidal behaviors, we make every effort to conduct intake assessments as soon as possible, and group participation may begin within 1-2 days of intake in the program is appropriate for the teen.
For teens referred from providers in the community, the Care Coordinator will need to speak with the provider(s) prior to scheduling the intake. Therefore, parents will need to provide authorization allowing communication between Children's and current provider.
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