Mental Health Services
Providing mental health support is key to fulfilling The Children’s Aid Society’s mission to address the physical and emotional well-being of children and families.
Trained teams of professionals, based in our community health centers and community schools in Washington Heights, help children and families cope with:
- The difficulties of living in economically disadvantaged communities
- Life stressors that impact school and home life
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Serious emotional disturbance (SED)
Bilingual service providers also ensure that children and their families have the support they need to address acculturation and separation issues common among new immigrant youth.
Children’s Aid is licensed by the State of New York to provide health and mental services under Articles 28 and 31. Mental health services have been part of our community school model since it was launched in 1992 at the Salomé Ureña Middle Academies Campus (I.S. 218) in Washington Heights.
All Children’s Aid Society mental health clinics provide children and families with confidential individual and family counseling, group therapy, emergency assessments, referrals, and crisis intervention by licensed Social Workers. There is also a Psychiatrist on staff for Medication Evaluations and ongoing medication management for children.
In addition our Mental Health staff is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT) to assist children and families that have been affected by traumatic events that interfere with their daily functioning.