Introduction To Services

Mental Health
3. Services

Introduction To Services

Once you have completed your evaluations, you will have a better idea of what your mental health needs are. Services can help you tackle the challenges you face and put you on the right track toward getting better. Your agency should work with you and your family to put together a service plan that meets your needs.

As a young person in foster care, you will have access to a number of services. Some of the services you can contact yourself. For others, your caseworker will have to complete an application. For help in getting any of these services, speak to your caseworker. If you are still having difficulty getting the services you need, talk to your lawyer right away.

1-800-LIFENET (or 1-877-AYUDESE) is a toll-free helpline for anyone living in New York City. The helpline is staffed by trained mental health professionals, called “referral specialists.” Referral specialists have a directory of over 4,000 community resources, and they are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions, provide referrals, and help you in case of an emergency. No problem or question is too small to call LIFENET.

LIFENET is also available online, where you can find a service directory to help you find mental health services in your neighborhood. The website is:

Other online resources that allow you to find specific mental health services in your community include the Office of Mental Health program list and the HITE Directory at: and

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC Metro) keeps an up-to-date list of resources for children, adolescents, and young adults in all five boroughs. For more information, call the NAMI-NYC Metro Helpline at 212-684-3264.