About the Coordinated Children’s Service Initiative (CCSI)

The purpose of the Coordinated Children’s Service Initiative (CCSI) is to advance the development of a system of care for children and youth with mental health challenges in New York City.  A system of care is defined as a comprehensive spectrum of mental health and other necessary services which are organized into a coordinated network to meet the multiple and changing needs of children and adolescents with serious emotional, social and behavioral challenges and their families. (Stroul and Friedman, 1986, 1996)


What We Do

We work with families, youth, government agencies, and community providers to:

  • Improve services in mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, family court, substance abuse, and youth development
  • Identify solutions for families being served by more than one agency
  • Increase family and youth involvement in service planning and policy development


Our Values and Goals

The Coordinated Children’s Services Initiative of New York City believes in care that:

  • Is family drive and youth guided
  • Recognizes that each family has unique strengths
  • Provides the right services at the right time and in the right amount
  • Addresses the needs of each child and family across all service systems
  • Respects the language and culture of community members