Health care for ACS-involved families

Bridges to Health (B2H) | NYC Administration for Children’s Services

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Young people with serious medical or emotional problems can get extra help from Bridges to Health (B2H). B2H is a Medicaid Waiver program for youth under the care of the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS).

  • There are three waivers offered through B2H:
    • Children with serious emotional disturbances
    • Children with developmental disabilities
    • Medically fragile children
  • B2H services should be used as one part of the medical treatment that participating children receive

Am I Eligible?

In order to be eligible for services, youth must be in foster care and have a diagnosis that requires a high level of care.

  • Youth leaving ACS care or in adoption who still meet the eligibility criteria can continue in the community-based setting until age 21.
  • To participate, youth must be eligible for Medicaid.


What Will I Need to Apply?

See a list of the necessary documents for B2H waivers:


I'm Ready To Apply

B2H applications are completed through a child’s case-planning agency. A child’s caseworker or parent should gather the necessary documentation for the selected waiver and hand-deliver or mail the application to the ACS B2H office. B2H doesn’t accept electronic applications.

Visit the B2H site for the referral documents.

How Can I Get Help?


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