MSA: The Child & Adolescent Center

Important Announcement

On Monday, August 16, 2021, MSA will begin using a hybrid schedule of in-office and virtual appointments. The in-office appointments will be very limited and not all providers will be seeing patients in person.

Current patients requesting in-office appointments

  • A Phreesia link will be sent to your email address on file three days prior to your appointment.
  • Using the Phreesia link, the patient AND one parent/legal guardian must submit their Covid-19 vaccination record that shows fully vaccinated status.
  • This link will include instructions explaining how to take a photo of the Covid-19 vaccination record. The photo will then be downloaded to our system and kept in the patient's medical chart. This photo must be submitted at least 24 hours prior to the appointment time. If the Covid-19 vaccination record has not been received 24 hours prior to the appointment, our front desk staff will contact you and let you know that your appointment has been changed to a virtual/Telehealth appointment.
  • Only one parent/legal guardian will be allowed into our office to attend the in-person appointment. If a second parent/legal guardian would like to attend the appointment, or in the case of shared custody, that person may participate via Telehealth and can be sent an email link to log in.
  • If you currently have appointments scheduled with your providers, these will remain virtual and cannot be converted to in-office appointments. Please speak with your providers at your next appointment about scheduling an in-office follow up.
  • All persons attending an in-office appointment must be fully vaccinated and have submitted their Covid-19 vaccination record. This includes patients, parents/legal guardians, staff, and providers.
  • All persons attending in-office appointments must bring and wear a mask that covers both nose and mouth from the time they enter our office until they leave our office. This includes patients, parents/legal guardians, staff, and providers.
  • A second link will be sent by email 10 minutes prior to your appointment. Please use that link to complete the check in process then enter the office five minutes before your scheduled appointment.

Current patients requesting virtual/Telehealthappointments

  • If you have already scheduled a follow up appointment, it will remain virtual, and you will be sent a new email link for each appointment.
  • When scheduling follow-up visits, please let your provider or the front desk know that you would like to schedule a virtual appointment.
We are doing our best to make sure MSA is a safe environment. Any person entering our office must be fully vaccinated and must wear an appropriate mask covering mouth and nose. This applies to patients, parents/legal guardians, staff, and providers.

We are excited to see our patients and their family members again and look forward to doing so in a safe manner. If you have any questions, give us a call at 443-259-0400 or send us an email at-


Welcome to MSA: The Child & Adolescent Center I am Martin Slutsky the founder and President. Our team started MSA in January 2001. MSA’s sole focus is to provide child and adolescent outpatient specialty behavioral health services within a flexible and dynamic continuum of care. The center is licensed by the State of Maryland as a Community Mental Health Center. We are a free-standing outpatient mental health facility that has achieved full accreditation by the Joint Commission, meeting the highest standards of care.

We participate with most major insurance companies and are also an approved Medical Assistance provider.


Our mission is to deliver highly individualized treatment to meet the needs of children and adolescents experiencing psychiatric problems.
When children and adolescents are suffering from behavioral health concerns, the treatment they receive to overcome these problems must be introduced in a manner that is different than how it is addressed with adults. The therapeutic interventions that are used when treating children must meet them where they are at developmentally.

MSA has developed an outstanding outpatient continuum of care offering specialized programming for youth who need all-encompassing care that is tailored to address their problems from the standpoint of their individual stages in life. From psychiatric Intensive Outpatient Treatment programs for children and adolescents to outpatient services to expressive art therapy, the options available at MSA are designed to help maximize each child’s and adolescent’s potential for achieving recovery success.

MSA’s treatment team is staffed with clinical experts that have made the career decision to work with and meet the needs of children and adolescents suffering from mental illness.


Our Team Includes:
  • Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists
  • Pediatric Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Licensed Expressive Art Therapists


The first step to receiving treatment is to complete a thorough evaluation. This process involves gathering pertinent data about the individual, which will then be used to determine the most appropriate level of care to meet his or her needs. MSA has a direct admission telephone line. The number is (443) 936-8566.

Our admission staff will work with you and begin this process. We accept referrals from pediatricians, primary care doctors, inpatient and partial hospital programs, therapists, clergy from the community, schools, social service agencies and directly from parents and guardians.