History of Under The Rainbow
The Under the Rainbow (UTR) program began in spring of 1992 as an inpatient pediatric ecology program that focused on comprehensive forensic assessments of children and adolescents that were referred for child abuse and/or neglect. The multi-disciplinary assessment team included pediatricians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, specialized forensic interviewers, and child developmental specialists. In the summer of 1998 the inpatient multi-disciplinary assessments were all shifted from inpatient to the current outpatient setting. At that time, the Under the Rainbow program was shifted from the department of pediatrics to the department of psychiatry and merged with a small outpatient community mental health clinic. In the years following, UTR continued specializing in assessing and treating youth with histories of neglect, abuse, and other traumas while expanding their services to include youth challenged with all mental and behavioral health issues. The UTR multi-disciplinary team included child psychiatrists and added medication management and group psychotherapies to its range of psychiatric services. UTR staff learned from their years of working with traumatized youth that early assessment of childhood trauma is key in addressing and treating the children. As a result, since 1999 UTR has prioritized education and prevention in their work with children, adolescents, and their families. UTR staff, since 1999, provides early educational and preventative awareness and assessment through UTR integrated services in the community (grade and high schools, WIC) and within Mount Sinai Hospital (inpatient pediatric unit, PICU, NICU, Mother-Baby, pediatric endocrinology, HIV). Under the Rainbow staff has assured that quality “clinicians for the future” will be available to serve UTR clients and their families by maintaining a doctoral-level psychology externship program from 1992 till present, and recently added a social work internship program to also continue to foster a multidisciplinary environment.