Family Matters

Family Matters provides intensive clinical and case management services to children and adolescents who are seriously emotionally disturbed (SED) and their families living in northern and southern Westchester County. Services are individualized, based on family needs and are wrapped-around the child/adolescent and his/her family; and include family, group and individual counseling, psychiatric consultations, crisis intervention and prevention, recreation, respite, parent education and training, tutoring, mentoring, case management and vocational opportunities. Family Matters' staff works collaboratively with many community agencies and services, including the Department of Social Services and Probation and the Boards of Education in the communities. Services are mobile and are provided as and where needed. Staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Bilingual Spanish-English staff is available in this program.

Family Matters Case Management/Safety Net serves children who are seriously emotionally disabled. Community-based services are provided and include advocacy, crisis work, recreation, referral, collaboration and case management. A special component of the program is the Safety Net Program which includes all the above services to children who are exhibiting risky behaviors, fire-setting concerns and youth who are sexually reactive/aggressive and/or have been sexually abused.

Family Matters/Waiver program provides individualized care coordination and services to six SED children/adolescents living in southern and northern Westchester County. The Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver is designed to serve those who, if not for the HCBS Waiver, would be admitted to institutional levels of care, including long-term residential treatment facilities. The requirements relating to income, amount, duration and scope of services are waived.   Individualized care coordination, respite care, skill-building services, intensive in-home services, crisis response services and family support services are available in addition to existing Medicaid plan services.

Cross Systems Unit
A collaboration with the county's Department of Social Services (DSS), the Cross Systems Unit provides "no wrong door" for families presenting to Family Court for assistance for their children. Mental health, probation and DSS professionals meet families immediately for comprehensive assessments to determine what services can best assist a youth being diverted from court to social services.  

Contact Carolyn Murphy, director
914-237-6089; [email protected]

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