Professional Education

Pearls for Partners

Multi-Disciplinary Inpatient Treatment Units for Youth with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

“Pearls for Partners” continues with its targeted focus of pediatric behavioral health best practices. Join us as we welcome Dr. Matthew Siegel either in person or virtually.



The presentation is an introduction to inpatient multi-disciplinary psychiatric care of youth with neurodevelopmental disorders. Reasons for admission, etiology, assessment and treatment approaches and modifications to inpatient practices discussed. Evidence for effectiveness of specialized inpatient treatment is outlined.

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  •  Discuss the frequency and topography of challenging behaviors in youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability.
  •  Review the evidence for specialized acute psychiatry units targeting this population.
  • Identify the key elements of an effective inpatient program.

1 CME or CE credit available

A Mental Health Education Series for Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare teams and psychiatrists each share a piece of the puzzle in treating mental health disorders. The demand for mental health treatment continues to grow, yet many healthcare teams find treating mental health to be challenging and complicated.

The Virtual Pearls for Partners educational series covers topics to better equip healthcare community partner teams to identify and treat patients with mental health disorders. This series is intended for all healthcare professionals.

More resources are available on our Community Partners page.


  • Matthew Siegel MD

    Matthew Siegel, MD is Vice President of Medical Affairs, Developmental Disorders Service Line of Maine Behavioral Healthcare and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics of Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Siegel attended Amherst College, Stanford Medical School and trained at Brown University in child psychiatry, psychiatry, and pediatrics. He has developed a multi-level service line with over 200 FTE and a $30 M annual budget for people with developmental disabilities. He is a consultant on psychiatric systems of care for multiple state governments, hospitals and health systems. He is the Founder and Principal Investigator of the Autism and Developmental Disorders Inpatient Research Collaborative (ADDIRC), and founded the first learning health network of inpatient units serving people with developmental disabilities. He co-authored the Practice Parameter on Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Parameter on Intellectual Disability. He is a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Inter-Agency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). He lives in Yarmouth, Maine with his wife and 3 daughters

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