Step By Step, Inc. Expands its Psychiatric Services Program to Better Serve Children, Adolescents and Adults Throughout Central Ohio

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Expanded program means Step By Step is able to fill a community need and eliminate wait times for patients seeking psychiatric care and treatment.

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Step By Step, Inc. (SBSA), a highly regarded nonprofit autism treatment center serving children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities, today announced the expansion of its outpatient psychiatric services program for children, adolescents and adults with psychiatric disorders. Dr. Yasar Ramadan, a renowned practicing psychiatrist at SBSA with many years of experience and expertise in working with individuals with ASD, heads the program, which includes pharmacological and prescription management for both children and adults.

The expansion of the current SBSA psychiatric program means greater and quicker access to services for individuals requiring them. Typically, individuals necessitating psychiatric care are forced to wait up to six months or more for services. SBSA’s expanded program alleviates this congestion and moves patients more quickly into their care and treatment plans.

As a specialist in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Dr. Ramadan has been a practicing psychiatrist for more than 15 years. He possesses extensive knowledge, experience and education on all mental illnesses, but has a passion for serving the autism community. Dr. Ramadan provides his expertise in the field to help stabilize and improve a person’s specific symptoms, behaviors, and overall conditions.

“Expanding our program and providing additional services means we’re able to fill a gap in service for the community and provide even more treatment options for those affected by ASD,” said Step By Step executive director Michele LaMarche, BCBA. “As Dr. Ramadan, a renowned expert in his field, continues to grow this program, we’re able to serve everyone with a need for these services and are able to continue working toward providing everyone we see with the brightest future.”

The program serves patients with psychiatric needs and is available at Step By Step’s campus in Worthington, Ohio, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patient services begin with an initial psychiatric evaluation with the psychiatrist, typically completed in 60 to 90 minutes. After the initial evaluation by the psychiatrist, patients receive recommendations for progressing, including appropriateness and frequency of services for ongoing monitoring. Monitoring visits are determined based upon the patient’s individual needs and are typically completed in 30 to 60 minutes.

Psychiatric services may be covered by private insurance, private pay, and/or Medicaid insurance programs. Prior authorization may be required. Fees are determined based upon identified service needs.

Referrals to psychiatric services may be made directly by a psychiatrist and/or a physician, service coordinators, schools, family, courts, therapists, psychologists, emergency service agencies, state departments, hospitals, and other professionals. Referrals to Step By Step can be made by contacting the outpatient behavior clinic at 614-436-7837.

Step By Step is located at 445 E. Dublin Granville Road, Building G in Worthington, Ohio.

For additional information about the outpatient psychiatric services program or Step By Step, visit http://www.stepbystepacademy.org.

About Step By Step
Step By Step Academy (SBSA) is a private, nonprofit treatment center for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Using its Continuum of Care model, it offers a range of services designed to diagnose the nature and extent of the condition and provide the appropriate treatment and environment across the spectrum for children, adolescents and young adults. In addition to center-based programs, SBSA offers direct services to the community including assessment, intensive behavioral intervention treatment, speech, psychology and psychiatric services, as well as parent advocacy, case management, counseling, and parent and professional trainings. SBSA has several partnerships with local school districts to provide successful behavioral intervention programs directly within a school setting.

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