Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie Receives Office of Mental Health License

    Poughkeepsie, NY – The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie has received approval through the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) to provide Children and Family Treatment and Support Services (CFTSS) to Medicaid eligible children outside of the public foster care system. This is the Home’s first OMH License.

    This new OMH license allows the Children’s Home to provide a wide array of support that includes clinical components such as individual and family therapy, as well as support with basic living skills to foster independence within their community. CFTSS gives youth the power to improve their health, well-being and quality of life. These services strengthen families and help them make informed decisions about their care. Enrollment in the program is voluntary and no fees are charged to the family.

    The Children’s Home, historically known as a residential treatment facility for children in the foster care system, began offering Community Based Services to children and families in 2016. Services are provided in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster counties in New York and can include Care Management, Children and Family Treatment and Support Services and Home and Community Based Services. Children from birth to age 21, who are Medicaid eligible can qualify for services. These programs strive to be family driven and youth guided. The family is viewed as the expert in their care which allows for strong rapport between the clients and practitioners. Each program provides a wide array of services to meet the needs of the youth.

    • Care Management provides the tools necessary to stay healthy, promote wellness, and decrease utilization of the hospital. The Care Manager provides a family centered plan that supports continuity of care and will help families arrange new services if necessary. 
    • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) is a strengths-based program that offers services such as respite, caregiver family support and prevocational skills to youth. 
    • Children and Family Treatment and Support Services (CFTSS) include clinical components such as individual and family therapy. CFTSS gives youth the power to improve their health, well-being and quality of life. These services strengthen families and help them make informed decisions about their care. 

    The Community Based Services program consists of social workers, mental health counselors, case workers and care managers. Staff offer children and families consistent support to overcome the challenges they face and become successful in independently navigating their community resources. Contact the Children’s Home Community Based Services team to learn more: [email protected] or 845-293-4104.

    About the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie

    Established in 1847, the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie provides a full range of Community Based Services and Residential Services giving hope and healing to at-risk children throughout New York State. The Home is licensed by the New York State Office of Children & Family Services, the New York State Office of Mental Health and the New York State Department of Health.

    Throughout our 174-year history, the underlying mission of the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie has remained the same: the Home is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment that improves lives and empowers at-risk children and families in the Hudson Valley and surrounding communities. 

    For more information explore our website or call 845-452-1420. 

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