Child Health Plus is a health insurance program for children aged 19 or under. It covers health care and dental needs.

It is available to children regardless of income or immigration status.

Counselors provide assistance in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Haitian Creole.


Get more information about Child Health Plus.

By Phone

  • Agency: Human Resources Administration
  • Division: Medicaid Helpline
  • Phone Number: (888) 692-6116
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
  • Automated Assistance is available in English and Spanish 24 hours, 7 days a week. Staff is available through the automated phone system during business hours, except on City Holidays. Most languages are available through a staff person.

Children 0-3 years old who receive Early Intervention Services can also receive other benefits such as:

  • Prescription drugs
  • Doctor visits
  • Hospital stays
  • Wheelchairs and hearing aids
  • Immunizations
  • Dental Care

By speaking with a Child Benefits Advisor, you may qualify even if you have health insurance.  

You can also get help completing applications for:

  • Medicaid
  • Excess Income Program
  • Child Health Plus Programs
  • Children with Special Health Needs Programs
  • Medicaid renewal
  • SNAP (Food Stamps)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)


Get more information about Children with Special Health Care Needs Program (CSHCN).

Read the CSHCN brochure.

By Phone

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for assistance.

The Early Childhood Mental Health Network provides mental health support for young children and their families, helping to address challenges early. Mental health professionals consult with early childhood programs partnered with the Department of Education (DOE) to address program, classroom, and child-level challenges in order to strengthen the capacity of teachers and caregivers to support children.

Seven early childhood therapeutic centers, open to all New York residents, located throughout the City offer specialized mental health treatment for children from birth to age five and their families, as well as access to family peer advocates and connection to ongoing support.

Additionally, mental health professionals are able to receive specialized training in evidence-based practices and early childhood development through the Early Childhood Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Center in order to increase the capacity and competencies of professionals working to identify and address the mental health needs of young children.

Services Provided

Individual and family counseling that utilizes evidence-based approaches for clients with trauma, including:

  • Play therapy and Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
  • Parent groups
  • Assessments and screenings
  • Staff and teacher training 

You can contact a clinic in your borough:

Bronx North

The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services 
(844) 663-2255

Bronx South

Association to Benefit Children
(929) 288-4320


Northside Center for Child Development
(212) 426-3400


The Child Center of New York
(718) 530-6892

Brooklyn Central and South

OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services
(800) 603-6435

Brooklyn North and East

The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services 
(844) 663-2255

Staten Island

Staten Island Mental Health Society
(718) 448-9775 ext. 551

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