Robert Cizma, LCSW-R, Vice President, Mental Health and Preventive Services
JCCA's Mental Health and Preventive Services programs stabilize and strengthen families in crisis. With help, many families can resolve immediate problems and keep children safely at home. Programs offer rapid assessment, crisis intervention, and treatment to assist families at critical points. JCCA provides collaborative outreach on clients' behalf to schools, courts, and community services. Referrals welcome from schools, public and private agencies, individuals, and managed care providers. Programs serve various Brooklyn neighborhoods; general preventive services also offered in the Highbridge and Mott Haven neighborhoods of the South Bronx.
This general preventive program assists families at risk for abuse or neglect in order to prevent foster care placement. Families with children returning from placement are helped to stabilize. The program works with the families using regular visits, parenting support and counseling to maintain children at home and strengthen families. Located in the Bronx and Brooklyn.
This intensive preventive program helps families whose children are at risk for foster care placement due to substance and/or mental health issues. To prevent relapse, staff monitors the addicted member at home, provides training in parenting skills, provide mental health treatment, and links family members to community-based self-help groups and services. Serves children under 18.
Counseling and Support Programs
Brooklyn Child and Adolescent Guidance Center
This licensed, comprehensive mental health program helps children, adolescents and families understand and resolve social, emotional and behavioral problems in outcome-focused, short-term treatment. Medicaid accepted. Serves children 4-18.
Brooklyn Families Together
Brooklyn Families Together is an intensive, short-term treatment program for troubled youth, aged 12-18, with severe behavioral problems. This home-based program uses the evidence-based Functional Family Therapy model to support, strengthen, and empower families in order to prevent out-of- home therapeutic placement.
JCCA Family Resource Center
The FRC supports, empowers and strengthens the capabilities of parents and caregivers of children birth to 24 years of age, who have been identified as having emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges, or who are at risk for developing such challenges. The comprehensive range of family support services includes information, linkage to community services, peer-to-peer support, advocacy and care coordination. JCCA’s Family Resource Center serves families from Central and South Brooklyn.
Warm line: 347-394-5186
This intensive, short-term alternative to juvenile justice placement builds on families’ strengths to equip and empower them to manage their children on their own, within their community. The Journey Program addresses mental health and substance abuse issues that precipitated the behavior that put youth at risk of juvenile justice placement. Activities for youth are designed to promote positive alternatives and encourage skill development. Services are provided in partnership with and onsite at the Department of Probation.
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Programs help emotionally fragile children and adolescents having difficulties that include self-care, academics, behavioral challenges, and family issues. Through crisis intervention, home visits, counseling, entitlement advocacy, and service coordination, JCCA helps to stabilize families and enhance their potential for growth and independence. Serves young people 5-24.
This Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Program assists children and adolescents with serious emotional needs as an alternative to residential placement. 24-hour coverage and community services are provided. To maintain children and adolescents with their families, FACT offers: individual care coordination, family support, intensive in-home crisis response, respite and skill building. Serves families and children 5-17.