Mental Health for Adolescents
Mental Health Services for Adolescents
Recognizing that substance use and mental illnesses often begin during adolescence, START operates three adolescent mental health programs.
Teen START opened in 2017 in our Central Harlem location, and 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 and group therapy; and family therapy
· Psychiatry. All adolescents can receive a psychiatric evaluation and if necessary, the psychiatrist can provide and monitor medications.
Adolescent Mental Health in Detention
START is proud of our partnership with the New York City Administration for Children's Services, Division of Youth and Family Justice to provide mental health services to adolescent’s in New York City’s juvenile detention system. We firmly believe in providing care that can reduce recidivism and give young people every chance at a bright future.
All youth entering the Crossroads secure detention facility in Brownsville, or a non-secure group home, are provided with a mental health screening by START’s licensed social workers and mental health counselors. If the youth consents (and almost all of them do), we provide psychotherapy throughout their stay. If necessary, a referral is made to an onsite psychiatrist for evaluation and medication management is prescribed.
In addition, all youth receive group counseling on topics such as: stress management; decision making; violence awareness; substance use; and education, grief, depression and loss management.
Behavioral Health in Schools (100 Schools Project)
START partners with the Jewish Board of Children and Family Services, funded by the New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Program, to provide behavioral health coaching in New York City public high schools. This program is unique in that, instead of providing direct clinical care services, the START clinicians act as coaches to the school’s teaching and administrative staff. Coaches provide training and guidance to help school staff increase their ability to identify when a student may be suffering from a mental health or substance use issue, and to intervene and link them to appropriate services.