Behavioral Health

Who can access these services?

Individuals under 21 covered by Medicaid or in a Managed Care Plan who have mental health and/or substance use needs may be able to access a wide array of behavioral health services and family supports. Together for Youth is licensed by OCFS (Article 29i license) for youth in Foster Care and by OMH (Community Health Programs license) in Montgomery and Dutchess which serves youth and families.

Children and Family Treatment & Support Services (CFTSS)

These services empower youth under 21 to improve their health, well-being, and quality of life. Services provided at home or in the community help strengthen families so they can make informed decisions about their care through a variety of evidence-based practices.

These include:

Clinical Services: Other Licensed Practitioner (OLP): Licensed Clinicians provide comprehensive assessments, treatment planning, and individual, group, and family therapy for youth with mental health or substance use needs. The goals are to help them:

  • Identify their strengths and abilities
  • Address their challenges

Rehabilitation Services: Community and Psychiatric Supports & Treatments (CPST): Clinicians work with youth and their families to address their behavioral health needs through goal-directed support and solution-focused interventions. Youth and families:

  • Learn to incorporate new skills into their everyday lives
  • Build better relationships with family and friends
  • Enhance their communication skills
  • Learn the benefits of self-care and how to use coping skills to better manage their emotions
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Qualified Individual (QI) Program

Clinicians provide comprehensive assessments of youth’s strengths and needs to determine the appropriate level of care in the least restrictive environment. QIs provide a comprehensive assessment within 30 days of a youth being placed in a Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) or, when allowable, before the youth’s placement in a QRTP. The goals of the program are to:

  • Ensure children receive the level of care they need
  • Avert the need for congregate care placement whenever possible

Children’s Health Home Care Management

We provide comprehensive, person-centered home and community-based services, with on-call support, for youth to support their social, physical/medical, and behavioral needs. The overarching goal is to ensure youth and families have the support they need to:

  • Stay healthy
  • Remain out of the emergency room and the hospital
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Nursing Case Management

All youth in foster care receive Nursing Case Management Services which include:

  • Initial screening and comprehensive health assessments screenings
  • Medical case management
  • Follow up after medical and dental appointments, ER visits and hospitalizations.
  • Assistance with coordination of medical and dental care
  • Ensuring youth have access to health care services and treatment.
  • Health education on conditions and needs
  • Support for youth and families with medication management and education.
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Other Limited Health Related Services

Our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners assess and treat youth for the possible mental health medication and non-pharmacological needs with little to no wait time.

Our Clinical Psychologist provides in-depth assessments for insights into the youth’s cognitive and behavioral needs to expand and enhance opportunities for trauma-informed treatment and services.

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