Community Supports and Services  

The following mental health services and supports are available to help children and families.

NYC Well

NYC Well  is a free and confidential 24/7 service that can help you find care for mental health and substance abuse concerns. 

Services include:

  • Counseling
  • Suicide prevention
  • Crisis intervention
  • Peer support
  • Referrals for care
  • Assistance in connecting to the referral
  • Follow-up services

Family Resource Centers

Family Resource Centers are staffed with peer advocates who support children and youth who have emotional and behavioral challenges. These centers also offer support to parents and caregivers, including help finding resources and services for their children. Staff have their own lived experience receiving services for themselves or their children.

Services include: 

  • Information about mental health conditions, services and family rights 
  • Skill development and educational workshops 
  • Individual peer-to-peer support and advocacy
  • Peer-to-peer support groups
  • Respite care
  • Referrals to services and resources
  • Family recreational activities

Services are available throughout the city for youth ages 23 and younger who are experiencing emotional, social or behavioral challenges, and for their parents or caregivers. You can get services even if you do not have insurance or a diagnosis or receive other mental health services.

 For more information and a list of Family Resource Centers, contact NYC Well.  

Early Childhood Mental Health Network

The NYC Early Childhood Mental Health Network is a group of seven early childhood clinics located throughout the city. These clinics offer specialized mental health treatment for children from birth to age five and for their families. The clinics also provide ongoing support and access to family peer advocates.

Services include: 

  • Screening and assessments 
  • Individual, family and group therapies 
  • Play therapy 
  • Psychoeducation 
  • Peer support services
  • Referrals to community resources

For more information, contact NYC WELL.

Non- Medicaid Care Coordination 

Youth ages 21 and younger who have serious emotional disturbance may qualify for care coordination. A youth is considered to have serious emotional disturbance if they have been diagnosed with a mental illness and have experienced functional limitations in the past 12 months due to the emotional disturbance. These limitations affect your ability to:

  • Care for yourself, your family or your social relationships
  • Control your actions
  • Learn 

Services include:

  • A comprehensive assessment
  • The development of an individual care plan
  • Care coordination and health promotion
  • Transitional care
  • Individual and family support
  •  Referral to community and social support services
  • Use of health information technology to find services

The Children's Single Point of Access screens applicants to determine who is eligible to receive services.  For more information, call 347-396-7205. 

Adolescent Skills Centers 

Adolescent Skill Centers assist youth ages 16 to 21 who have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Services are designed to strengthen families and help youth to develop competencies and skills that promote economic self-sufficiency and personal growth. They include:

  • Work training
  • Academic enrichment
  • Clinical support services 

Youth  who  have been diagnosed as having a serious emotional disturbance can be referred directly to Adolescent Skills Centers.

 For more information, contact NYC WELL. 

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