In New York City, there is a myriad of Children, Family and Youth services to improve the emotional and behavioral well-being of our children and youth. Below are a few resources:

Information & Referral

Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) New York/New York Referral Assistance Program


Lifenet: New York City’s Network of Care

LifeNet Network of Care is a comprehensive online resource for individuals, families and agencies in need of help and information regarding mental health, substance abuse or crisis prevention services.

1-800-LIFENET is also a free, confidential, multi-lingual, mental health and substance abuse information, referral, and crisis prevention hotline available to anyone at any time.  Your call will be answered by a trained behavioral health professional.


NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)


NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)


INCLUDEnyc (formerly Resources for Children with Special Needs)

Tel: 212-677-4660

Advocacy Links

New York State Office of Mental Health (NYS OMH)

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH)

Reports and Publications

Governor’s Children’s Cabinet Report of Accomplishments and Recommendations

June 2010 – The Children’s Cabinet is cross-systems in nature and was initially established to advise and make recommendations to the Governor on his Birth to Five Agenda.  Since its formation, they’ve facilitated a significant expansion of health insurance coverages, programs, and other accomplishments.

More Than a Roof Over Their Heads: A Toolkit for Guiding Transition Age Young Adults to Long-term Housing Success

March 2011 – A toolkit of the Transition Age Young Adults Housing Workgroup of the Citywide Oversight Committee (COC), this toolkit is a starting point in informing and educating organizations and advocates to help assess and adjust practices and policies that could help improving housing outcomes of transitioning young adults. For more information, please contact Yusyin Hsin at