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Limited out of home services are provided by the New York State Office for Mental Health. Services include Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) and Community Residence settings. 

To request out of home services call (914) 995-7458. Referral for out of home services is made through the Department of Community Mental Health Children’s Single Point of Access (SPOA) application.

Mental health and mental illness exist on a continuum. Mental health reflects how we think, feel, and act as we face life’s situations. It is how we look at ourselves, our lives and the people in our lives. It is how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. 

When children are emotionally healthy, they feel good about themselves, enjoy having friends, and face life’s challenges with enthusiasm, creativity and optimism. However, this is rarely an easy task for children or families.

As children develop, they must learn to get along with peers and adults in a variety of contexts, understand social situations, manage feelings, control impulses, focus for extended periods of time on school work, deal with cultural and societal pressures, and take increasing responsibility for themselves, all while developing a solid sense of self-esteem. Unexpected bumps in the road of life, ongoing stress, or traumatic experiences can interfere with these developmental tasks, and children may develop emotional or behavioral responses that do not serve them well.

Because children are still developing, their range of responses can be far greater than that for adults, which can cause concern for caregivers. If left unaddressed, these responses can take on a life of their own, and develop into mental health problems, even after the stressors go away. And even under the best of circumstances, children may experience mental health challenges, which can happen at varying levels of intensity and duration.

The good news is that children’s mental health issues are very treatable. Sometimes this means giving children a safe place to talk, play, and interact; sometimes it means helping children develop specific skills; sometimes it means taking medication, or helping families address stressors. Invariably, effective children’s mental health treatment actively involves families, and is actively driven by their understanding of their child and his or her needs.

Westchester County offers a variety of in-home programs for children who have serious emotional, social and behavioral challenges. The services help families get the services and supports they need to keep their children safely in the community. 

The programs include Intensive Case Management, Home and Community Based Waiver program, specialized case management services for children who exhibit sexually aggressive and reactive behavior and have experienced sexual abuse and/or exhibited fire-setting behaviors, mobile clinical treatment, evidence-based treatment approaches, and care coordination for children who have serious emotional, social and behavioral challenges.

To request in-home services call (914) 995-7458.  Referral for in-home services is made through the Department of Community Mental Health Children’s Single Point of Access (SPOA) application.

Networks are local meetings that bring together all the supports and resources involved with a specific case. Networks are for children and families and aging-out youth. Networks use the strength-based approach in which the family or individual needing help is an equal partner with the agencies. They share a common goal: a conference between the family or individual and the providers, for the purpose of assisting in cases where problems are greater than a single agency can address alone. Agency staff volunteers provide information and coordinate meetings for the various networks.

For additional information on Community Networks please call Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health (914) 995-4666.

Clinic treatment services are provided to children and their families. The needs of each individual determine the type of sessions (individual, play, group, family), their duration and frequency. Several public outpatient mental health clinics exist throughout Westchester County. Cost of treatment is covered by Medicaid, health insurance or a sliding fee scale.  

Westchester County Children’s Mental Health Clinics:

Andrus Children’s Center
For central intake please call (800) 647-2301 ext 1271

Locations:

  • Central Westchester
    19 Greenridge Avenue
    White Plains, New York 10605
    Tel: (914) 949-7680 ext. 2203

  • Northern Westchester
    50 Dayton Lane Suite 205
    Peekskill, New York 10566
    Tel: (914) 736-3371 ext. 2306

  • Southern Westchester
    35 Dock Street
    Yonkers, New York 10701
    Tel: (914) 965-1109 ext. 2410

Family Services of Westchester

Locations:

  • 9 West Prospect Ave., Suite 309
    Mount Vernon 10550
    Tel:  (914) 668-9124

  • 507 Fifth Avenue.
    Pelham 10803
    Tel: (914) 738-1728

  • One Gateway Plaza, 4th floor
    Port Chester 10573
    Tel: (914) 937-2320

  • 239 North Broadway
    Sleepy Hollow 10591
    Tel: (914) 631-2022

  • One Summit Avnue
    White Plains 10606
    Tel:  (914) 948-8004

  • 20 South Broadway
    Yonkers 10707
    Tel: (914) 964-6767

Guidance Center
Services are provided at various locations and times, including day-time and evening appointments. Please call intake specialist: (914) 636-4440 ext. 245 or ext. 246.

Mental Health Association of Westchester

Locations:

  • 344 Main Street, Suite 301, 
    Mt. Kisco 10549
    Tel: (914) 666-4646

  • 580 White Plains Road, Suite 501
    Tarrytown 10591
    Tel: (914) 666-4646

  • 300 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 201 10601
    White Plains
    Tel: (914) 345-0700 ext. 7303

  • 20 South Broadway, Suite 1109
    Yonkers 10701
    Tel: (914) 345-0700 ext. 7303

Westchester Jewish Community Services

Locations:

141 North Central Avenue
Hartsdale, NY 10533
Tel: (914) 949-7699, ext. 374

6 Gramatan Avenue
Mt. Vernon, NY 10550
Tel: (914) 668-8938, ext. 304

1101 Main Street
Peekskill, NY 10566
Tel: (914) 737-7338 ext. 20 

487 South Broadway
Yonkers, NY 10701
Tel: (914) 423-4433, ext. 13