Alpert Jewish Family And Childrens Service

(561) 684-1991

Psychiatry for Persons with Special Needs


People with special needs deserve the best possible supports. At AJFCS, we are pleased to be able to offer three psychiatrists who are comfortable working with youth, adults, and older adults with special needs.  Psychiatric services include developmental consultation and treatment, comprehensive assessment, medication evaluation, management, and ongoing follow up monitoring. Services are provided by Dr. James Thompson, who brings with him over 30 years of practice.


Our Psychiatrists

Dr. James Thompson


  Areas of Expertise 

  • Anxiety  
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Psychoses
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)


Frequently Asked Questions


What do I need to look for when seeking a good psychiatrist?

  • A background in developmental and behavioral theory and practice
  • Extensive experience working with a special needs population is a plus
  • Up to date knowledge of medications, and their specific benefits and risks 
  • A willingness and commitment to best put together a “complete assessment” of your needs 

How much will it cost to see the psychiatrist?
The initial evaluation is typically completed in 2 – 2 ½ hours.  This initial evaluation is sometimes done over two days.  Total cost for the evaluation is $450.00.  This includes $300 for the first part of the evaluation, then $150 for the second visit.


Do you acccept insurance?

Yes. We accept Medicare as well as many private insurance companies. Please contact us to see if your insurance is accepted by one of our expert psychiatrists.


How often will the  psychiatrist see me?
Typically, after the initial assessment, the psychiatrist will see you monthly, for about ½ hour.  There is a $150 charge for these follow up visits.


Will Dr. Small & Dr. Kreger prescribe medications?
Yes, if indicated.  Both will do comprehensive assessments to determine if psychopharmalogical interventions would be helpful given the presenting problem.