You can get information about resources for young people, troubled youth, and their families.

The City provides drop-in centers in every borough to provide services to runaway, homeless, and troubled youth under the age of 21 as well as their families. 

You can get referrals to:

  • Counseling
  • Mediation
  • Health treatment
  • Mental health treatment
  • Substance abuse treatment

  • Agency: Department of Youth and Community Development
  • Division: Youth Connect
  • Phone Number: (800) 246-4646
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Youth Connect is experiencing technical difficulties, if the call fails to connect you can call again later or email them at youthconnect@dycd.nyc.gov.

The City's Youth Connect hotline provides confidential and anonymous telephone assistance for all New Yorkers, particularly young people, their families, and service providers. Youth Connect can also provide referrals.

It provides information on topics such as: 

  • After-school programs 
  • Delinquency prevention and youth intervention programs 
  • Employment 
  • Recreation
  • Literacy / English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Immigrant Services

Youth Connect also offers crisis intervention for runaway and homeless youth.

Online

Learn about Youth Connect.

By Phone

  • Agency: Department of Youth and Community Development
  • Division: Youth Connect
  • Phone Number: (800) 246-4646
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Youth Connect is experiencing technical difficulties, if the call fails to connect you can call again later or email them at youthconnect@dycd.nyc.gov.

The City provides assistance and support for teens online at the NYC Teen website.

At this website, you can find information on many subjects including:

  • Bullying
  • Dealing with stress and depression
  • Dating violence 
  • Jobs, internships, and college preparation
  • Health issues and health care
  • Eating disorders

In the site's "Real Talk Videos," teens give advice to their peers about their own experiences with depression, peer pressure, risky behavior, dating violence, and other relevant topics.

Visit the NYC Teen Health website.

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

Manhattan

Northside Center for Child Development
(212) 426-3400

Queens

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