Children and Family Treatment Support Services

Effective January 1, 2019, new mental health and substance use services are available with NYS Children’s Medicaid. These services give children/youth (under age 21) and their families the power to improve their health, well-being and quality of life, strengthening families and helping them make informed decisions about their care. Services are provided at home or in the community.

Services include:

Therapy Services

(Other Licensed Practitioner)
  • Assessments for mental health and/or substance use needs
  • Identify strengths and abilities through individual and group therapies
  • Get individual, group, or family therapy where you are most comfortable

Rehabilitation Services

(Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Community Psychiatric Supports & Treatment)
  • Learn to incorporate therapy goals into everyday life and receive extra support managing medication
  • Build relationships and communicate better with family, friends and others
  • Learn self-care, and use coping skills to manage emotions

Family Peer Support Services 

(Anticipated to Begin July 2019)

  • Get support if you are raising youth with mental health and/ or substance use challenges
  • Provided by a Credentialed Family Peer Advocate/Certified Recovery Peer Advocate who has similar experiences
  • Get support and assistance with:
    • Locating information and resources available to meet the youth/family’s needs
    • Making informed decisions
    • Building and strengthening natural supports and resources

Who can get these services?

Children and Youth (under age 21) who are covered by Medicaid and have mental health and/or substance use needs can get Children and Family Treatment  and  Support  Services at no additional cost. These services are covered by regular Medicaid or, if enrolled in a Medicaid Managed Care plan, these services are available through the health plan.

How will these services help?

These children's services meet the individual needs of children and their families/caregivers by:
  • Identifying mental health and/ or substance use needs early
  • Providing support in the home and community
  • Preventing the need for emergency room visits, hospital stays, or out-of-home placements
To find out more about Children and Family Treatment and Support Services, contact us at 1.800.303.9626.