Clinical Services for People with Special Needs

Counseling and supports for people with developmental and intellectual challenges

A range of services are offered to children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities (including autism spectrum disorders) and their families. Clinical services include individual, family, couples and group counseling at WJCS Family Mental Health clinic sites located in Hartsdale, Mt Vernon, Peekskill and Yonkers.

Treatment is designed to reduce psychiatric symptoms, improve academic or employment capabilities, strengthen family and social relationships, increase the potential for independent living, and improve the quality of life for clients and their families. Clients range in age from 5 to 65 years of age and live in the community or with family members. Information and referral services are also offered.  Staff includes clinical social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists. The interdisciplinary approach and evidence-based practices ensures the highest quality of service to participants.

Specialized programs for children, teens and adults with autistic spectrum disorders (including Asperger's) are offered through the Autism Family Center as are additional resources, information and referral. Therapeutic Social Skills Services (for children), Family Advocacy (for teens), the Supper Club (for adults) all focus on developing social skills, increasing independent living skills and enabling parents in concurrent support groups to develop a support network. Parent Management Training (PMT) teaches parents positive reinforcement and behavioral techniques to address challenging behaviors.  CORDD (Crisis Oriented Response for Developmental Disabilities) helps families address crisis situations with children or adults with developmental disabilities or autism.

Referrals are accepted from consumers, family members, service coordinators, physicians, psychologists, community-based agencies, hospitals, schools. Most insurances are accepted; self-pay fees available.

Contact: Patricia L. Grossman, LCSW, Director, Outpatient Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
Phone:   914-949-7699 ext 455  E-mail:


In conjunction with the Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA), WJCS hosts the COMPASS PROJECT, a comprehensive program for "high functioning" special needs adolescents and young adults (18-24) and their families that provides assessment, counseling/support, advocacy and referral, socialization opportunities, vocational preparation, residential options, and professional training and program support. The project aims to provide the preparation and support needed to ease the pathway for youth to become functioning, self-sufficient adults.

Contact: Jenny Frank, LCSW, Social Worker
Phone:   914-949-6761 ext 304 Email: or

Contact: Jennifer Eisman, LMSW, Social Worker
Phone:   914-949-6761 ext 353  Email:


Together with Congregation Kol Ami of White Plains, YAD B'YAD (Hand in Hand) is a unique inclusion program for Jewish teens ages 13-18, who struggle with social interactions and often have learning, cognitive and/or emotional challenges.  The program focuses on development and generalization of social and life skills within a Jewish context, incorporating classroom and community experiences.  Yad B'Yad meets on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Kol Ami Religious School.  The group will also interface the Family Advocacy for trips and outings several times during the year.  Parent support groups and speakers on relevant topics are scheduled throughout the program year.

Contact:  Karen Millman, Yad B'Yad Program Director
Phone:    914-949-4717 ext 105  E-mail:

Contact:  Patricia L. Grossman, LCSW, Director, Outpatient Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
Phone:    914-949-7699 ext 455  E-mail:,     




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