Mental Health for Adolescents

Recognizing that substance use and mental illnesses often begin during adolescence,

START operates an adolescent mental health program:



Teen START opened in 2017 in our Central Harlem location, and can be reached at 212-222-2069. Teen START is licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH).

At Teen START, people ages 12-17 can receive:

·         Psychotherapy. Provided by licensed social workers and mental health counselors, Teen START offers comprehensive assessments; individual therapy; psycho-education; group therapy; and family therapy.  Services are outlined below.

·         Psychiatry. All adolescents can receive a psychiatric evaluation and if necessary, the psychiatrist can provide and monitor medications.

Teen START services include:

  • comprehensive assessments

  • psycho-education

  • individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy

  • psychiatric and medication management

  • cognitive and dialectical behavioral or solution focused therapies

  • social skills training and anger management

  • stress management

  • decision making

  • violence awareness

  • substance use disorder

  • education, grief, depression and loss management

  • case management/care coordination services

  • vocational services

  • career development