Youth mental health care

Outpatient Services | NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

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Young people can get mental health care near their home. Outpatient services are available in clinics, doctors’ offices, and schools. Through these services, children can get therapy, referrals, and help with medicine.

There are two major types of outpatient mental health for children: clinic treatment and day treatment.

  • Clinic treatment services include:
    • Assessment (psychiatric, psychosocial)
    • Individual, family, and group therapy
    • Managing medicine
    • Case management
    • Referrals to doctors
  • Day treatment program services include:
    • Special education in small classes
    • Treatment plans
    • Managing medicine
    • Individual, family, and group therapy
    • Emergency help
    • Interpersonal skill development


Clinic treatment is available for:

  • Children from birth to age 18 (not all clinics accept children under 5 years old)
  • Children with emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges

Day treatment programs are available for:

  • Children between the ages of 3 and 18 (there are two programs in NYC for children ages 3 – 5)
  • Children with mental health disorders that get in the way of school or social function
  • Children who have difficulties in a regular classroom


Clinic treatment

Day treatment program

  • Make a referral to the local school district. Referrals can be made by parents or children under certain circumstances. A staff member at the school or district, a doctor, a court officer, or any agency a child may be involved with can also make referrals.
  • For more information, contact the principal or parent coordinator of your child’s school or call 1-888-NYC-WELL.


  • Call NYC Well at 1-888-NYC-WELL, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This free, confidential service connects NYC residents to counselors for mental health support and help finding mental health and substance abuse services.
  • Visit the Outpatient Services website for more information and available resources.

Other Health Programs

Talk, text & chat for mental health help.

NYC Well

NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Free and private talk, text, or chat mental health services available all day for you or someone you care about.

Free health care in schools

School-Based Health Centers (SBHC)

NYC Department of Education/NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Students can get free health care in their school.

Health services for youth

NYC YouthHealth

NYC Health + Hospitals

If you are 12 and over and looking for health care, NYC Health + Hospitals has your back.

Updated March 31, 2020