Family support programs provide services to assist and empower families with children and adolescents having serious emotional disturbances. The goal is to reduce family stress and enhance each family's ability to care for their child.
Services include but are not limited to:
Clinic Treatment Programs
Clinics offer traditional outpatient mental health services such as:
Treatment is offered at a variety of sites including schools and community offices.
Day Treatment Programs
Day treatment services provide intensive, non-residential services. Children and adolescents receiving day treatment services live at home or in the community. The programs offer a blend of mental health and special education services provided in an integrated program.
Day treatment programs include:
Crisis residences serve children and adolescents exhibiting acute distress who may need stabilization in an alternate setting. The expected length of stay is up to 21 days.
The major goal of the program is to stabilize the situation and return the child to the home, rather than to provide long-term care. There is an emphasis on maintaining relationships the child has with their family and in the community.
Home Based Crisis Intervention (HBCI)
HBCI provides intensive in-home crisis services to families (natural, foster, or adoptive) where a child is at imminent risk of psychiatric hospitalization. The target population for the HBCI program is youth 5 to 17 years of age.
Linked to emergency rooms, these interventions last for 4 to 6 weeks. A counselor is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day to work with the child and family.
Community residences provide a community-based, residential option for some seriously emotionally disturbed children and youth. They are appropriate for young people between the ages of 5 and 18 years.
Principles of the community residence program model:
These are hospital-based programs that offer a full range of treatment and support services.
Programs exist in general hospitals (Article 28), freestanding psychiatric hospitals (Article 31) and State Children's Psychiatric Centers.
Single Point of Access
Each local government in New York State must designate a Single Point of Access for Children and Families (SPOA). The purpose of the SPOA is to:
Telemental Health plays a valuable role when on-site services are delayed or not available. Telemental Health has many benefits including: