Families can receive help for their children and support for themselves from the children’s mental health system. 

Children in crisis
If your child is in crisis, families can call the Crisis Prevention and Response Team of St. Vincent’s Hospital/A Division of St. Joseph’s Medical Center at (914) 925-5959.

If it is not an emergency, but you are concerned about your child’s mental and emotional health, you can contact a children’s mental health clinic in your community and ask for an appointment. 

Child and Family Clinic Plus
Many clinics are also screening children in local schools with parental consent in order to determine if there is a need for further assessment and treatment services through a new state initiative called Child and Family Clinic Plus. You can inquire at your school or at the following children’s mental health agencies regarding this service:

  • Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial located in Yonkers, White Plains, and Peekskill
  • The Guidance Center of New Rochelle located in New Rochelle and Mamaroneck
  • Family Services of Westchester with locations in Yonkers, Mount Vernon, Pelham, Port Chester, White Plains, and Tarrytown
  • The Mental Health Association of Westchester located in Elmsford and Mount Kisco
  • Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health with locations serving children and families in Yonkers and Mount Vernon
  • Westchester Jewish Community Services with sites in Yonkers, Mount Vernon, Hartsdale, Yorktown, and Peekskill

Family Ties of Westchester
In addition, you can have access to the family support organization, Family Ties of Westchester, which coordinates its work with the other agencies that serve children and families in the community. 

Who we are
Family Ties of Westchester is a grassroots organization that provides advocacy and support services to families of children with emotional and behavioral difficulties. At its five Family Resource Centers in Mount Vernon, Yonkers, Mount Kisco, Ossining, and Peekskill, Family Ties offers support groups, training in parenting skills, advocacy efforts, and respite opportunities. Family Ties recognizes parents as full partners in planning for their children’s treatment and services and helps empower them to take part in the decision-making process.

What we do
Family Ties provides a wide variety of support groups for parents, grandparents, siblings, foster parents, and dads only. We offer specialized groups to the parents of very young children, and services to parents with their own psychiatric disabilities. In addition respite opportunities, parent skills training, recreational opportunities, parent retreats, educational workshops, leadership training and spokesperson training are also available. Family Ties strives to keep children in the community, at home with their families. It provides advocacy services, one-to-one work with families, and telephone support.

We also maintain a resource library for parents and have computers available for family use at our resource centers. All of Family Ties services are free and confidential.

White Plains Administrative Office
150 Grand Street
White Plains, NY  10601
Tel: (914) 995-5238