Mental Health Services

Mental Health
7. Planning For Your Future And Aging Out Of Foster Care


Mental Health Services

Therapy and Medication Monitoring: If you receive therapy and/or medication monitoring outside of your agency, you may be able to continue receiving these services at the same location after you leave care. However, if your therapist and psychiatrist only work with children, your agency will need to locate a new service provider for you. It is very important that you continue to get these services after you leave care. If you are having difficulty finding service providers in your area, you or your caseworker should call 1-800-LIFENET for help.

B2H Waiver Program: Remember, you can receive services through the B2H Waiver Program until you turn 21, even if you leave foster care before that time. In order to receive these services, you must be enrolled before you leave foster care and before you turn 19. If your 19th birthday is approaching and you think B2H services would help you, speak with your caseworker immediately about submitting an application. For more information on the B2H Waiver Program, see Chapter 3.

SPOA Case Management/ACT: If you were receiving services through CSPOA before you turned 18, you may qualify for services through Single Point of Access (SPOA) after you turn 18. These services include Case Management (CM) and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT). For more information on these services, see Chapter 3.

Continuing Day Treatment (CDT) Programs: CDT programs provide daily services in a structured environment to help you live successfully in the community. You will attend the program every day, and you will receive services such as assessment, medication monitoring, case management, symptom management, and rehabilitation.

Self-Help Programs: Self-help programs are based on the idea that people with common mental health experiences or diagnoses can help themselves by helping each other. These programs may provide support groups, as well as educational, recreational, and/or social programs.

Clubhouses: Clubhouses are community centers that provide opportunities to meet and develop relationships with others who experience similar challenges. As a "member" of the clubhouse, you will spend time working and socializing with other members. You will work in and for the clubhouse or will receive help finding a job in the community. There are no psychiatrists or therapists on staff, and the focus is on building your strengths and abilities. Fountainhouse is a clubhouse with a special program for young adults between the ages of 16 and 30. For more information, you can visit the website at:

http://www.fountainhouse.org/content/young-adults

For a complete list of adult mental health services, you can visit the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website at:

http://home2.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/dmh/oas.shtml