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St. Luke's Children's Center for Neurobehavioral Medicine

The team at St. Luke's Children’s Center for Neurobehavioral Medicine treats a full array of mental health issues with understanding, compassion, and skill. Our goal is to restore your child to his or her appropriate developmental path.

Our providers specialize in the treatment of childhood behavioral and mental health disorders to optimize wellness and functioning. We provide compassionate expertise during times of instability, allowing patients to work closely with a personalized care team that also includes medication providers and their local primary care doctor.

We provide a full spectrum of pediatric psychiatric services to children and adolescents with varying diagnoses, including but not limited to: depression, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, oppositional defiance, ADHD, explosivity, psychosis, dual diagnosis, substance abuse, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

As a member of the National Health Services Corps, we promise to serve all patients. This means we promise to:

  • Offer discounted fees for qualifying patients
  • Never deny services based on a person’s race, gender, national origin, disability, religion, or sexual orientation
  • Accept insurance, including Medicaid, Medicare, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) 

Learn more about financial assistance at St. Luke's

  • Location & Contact Info

    608 and 610 W. Hays St.
    Boise, ID 83702
    (208) 381-5970
    Fax: (208) 381-5971

    Accepting New Patients

    Yes
  • Office Hours

    Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Referral Required

    Yes
  • Before Your Visit

  • For Current Patients

  • After-hours & Weekends

    If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or go directly to the Emergency Department.

    If your child is having thoughts of suicide, any time, day or night, he or she needs to be evaluated immediately. Please call 911 right away or take your child immediately to the nearest emergency department. You may also call St. Luke's at (208) 381-9000.

    If you have non-emergency questions or concerns about psychotropic medications and side effects, please call our office during normal business hours to talk with the clinic nurse.

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Providers

  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Amy Jo Amarello, PsyD is a child psychologist trained in clinical psychology, school psychology, and neuropsychology. She earned her doctorate degree at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. She completed her internship at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and her post-doctoral fellowship at Mediplex Rehab-Camden.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    K. James Baker, LCPC provides counseling to children and families. He provides treatment for children and adolescents who struggle with emotional dysregulation, behavioral difficulties, anger management, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s, pervasive developmental delay, and other developmental disabilities, many of whom have co-occurring mental health challenges. He is experienced in applied behavioral analysis, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution focused therapy modalities. He believes in a client-centered, strength-based approach to counseling, and works to ensure his clients and their loved ones receive personalized care. 

    James earned his bachelor’s degree in family sciences from Brigham Young University and his master’s degree in marital and family therapy from Loma Linda University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Biography

    Sidra Beckett, LCPC treats and supports children and families having issues with behavior, autism spectrum disorders, school concerns (academic/emotional), ADHD/executive functioning, family conflict, parenting concerns, anxiety, and depression.

    Sidra earned her bachelor’s degree in general studies with minors in psychology and sociology from Boise State University and her master’s degree in counseling from Northwest Nazarene University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Jacqueline Bell, DO specializes in addressing the full range of emotional and behavioral difficulties affecting children and adolescents using the latest therapies and interventions. She has experience working with youths affected by a wide range of behavioral and emotional disturbances.

    Dr. Bell is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and American Osteopathic Association.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Beth Bolen, LCSW is a mental health therapist and advanced certified alcohol and drug counselor. She specializes in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and treatment of anxiety, depression, oppositional defiant disorder, PTSD, substance use, and family relational problems.  

    Beth earned her bachelor's degree in human services at Western Washington University and her master's degree in social work at Colorado State University.


    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Biography

    Paula Green, LCPC works with children and adolescents and their families. She uses play therapy and narrative therapy—a way for clients to use written and spoken words to help make sense of their lives while identifying their uniqueness and strengths. She loves helping families talk to each other with a goal to help everyone feel and do better. She believes children have a special wisdom and resiliency when it comes to healing, and loves the uniqueness of teens. She also utilizes EMDR therapy, a distinctive approach to decreasing and eliminating symptoms of trauma.

    Paula provides child sexual abuse prevention training as a certified Darkness to Light facilitator.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Tamara Helfer, MD cares for children and adolescents with a wide range of psychiatric issues, including -- but not limited to – depression, anxiety, autism, and mood/psychotic disorders. 

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Brian Huck, LCSW specializes in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and working with male patients. He also uses acceptance commitment, dialectical behavioral, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing therapies and techniques. 

    Brian earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and his master's degree in social work from Boise State University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Michelle Hume, LCPC specializes in eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), and uses animal-assisted activities (AAA). 

    Michelle earned her bachelor's degree in applied psychology and her master's degree in applied behavior analysis and marriage and family therapy at St. Cloud State University.


    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Jane Krumm, LCSW is a mental health therapist and certified professional mediator. She specializes in caring for children and adolescents with ADHD, learning disabilities, and other special needs; and working with families in behavior management and children’s school success.

    Jane earned her bachelor's degree in psychology at Colorado State University and her master's degree in social work at the University of Denver.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Biography

    Bryant Kusy, LCPC works with parents of infants and toddlers, including children with developmental delays and/or abuse and neglect. He is trained in eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) for adults and the dyadic model of infant mental health focusing on attachment and bonding; maternal mental health; and depression in children, teenagers, and adults.

    Bryant earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of Idaho and his master’s degree in professional guidance and counseling, counseling and educational psychology, from New Mexico State University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Kerry Leavell, LCPC, MT-BC has special training in use of creative arts therapies, including music therapy, with individuals of all cognitive ability levels. She has particular interest in ADHD (and its unique presentation in girls), autism, and mood/anxiety disorders.

    Kerry earned her bachelor's degree in music performance at Wheaton College and her master's degree in expressive therapies and mental health counseling at Lesley University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Carlie Mancini, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. Carlie has experience as a mental health nurse practitioner caring for patients with an array of mental health conditions including mood, anxiety, psychotic, and substance use disorders. She has worked as a registered nurse for St. Luke's in both inpatient and outpatients settings including the neurosurgery floor and epilepsy monitoring unit and most recently, pediatric neurology.

    Carlie earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Lewis-Clark State College and her master's degree in nursing from the University of Southern Indiana. As a Boise native, Carlie is honored to be providing quality, patient-centered care to the children and families of the community she knows and loves.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Roger Olson, PsyD is a clinical child psychologist with experience in a wide variety of settings such as schools, prisons, hospitals, and clinics. He has a passion for helping individuals and families thrive and live healthy lives; and uses a strength-based approach to work collaboratively with others.

    Roger earned his bachelor's degree at Boise State University and his graduate degree in psychology at George Fox University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Biography

    Deborah Russo, LCSW specializes in child-centered play therapy, DBT, and hypnosis by request for treatment of anxiety, depression, and oppositional defiant disorder. She also specializes in substance abuse, and uses play therapy to help with family relational problems.

    Deborah earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in social work from Boise State University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Mental Health

    Biography

    Christopher Streeter, MD has broad experience in individual, family, and systems-based neurobehavioral issues with particular expertise in complex mood, anxiety, and disruptive behavior disorders. He completed his general psychiatry residency at Naval Medical Center in San Diego and his child and adolescent fellowship at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu.

Conditions

Building on Our Promise to Children

St. Luke

Children's Pavilion - Opening in 2019

Designed to meet the needs of kids, their families, and the people who care for them, this state-of-the-art facility on our downtown Boise campus will more than double our clinical space and improve vital services that keep care close to home. It will bring most of our pediatric specialists and services under one roof, allowing us to provide care more efficiently and easing the burden on parents and kids who will now be able to see several providers in one location in one day.
 

Kid for a Night

Help raise funds for St. Luke's Children's

Kid for a Night® emphasizes the fun in fundraising. This annual event encourages adults (21 and over) to act like kids again. Over 850 guests gather for an evening of games, activities, music, dancing, a silent auction, and a delicious dinner.