Programs and Services


Mental Health Services

Each of the Guidance Center’s three sites offer mental health services for children from birth through 24 and their families. The first step is a comprehensive evaluation, followed by an individually tailored treatment plan that may include any combination of individual, family and group therapy; and, when indicated, medication management with a psychiatrist. All treatment plans require family consent.

Substance Abuse Services

Drug and alcohol treatment and prevention services are provided for children, teenagers and their families at the Guidance Center’s Leeds Place – Serving Young People in Westbury. Substance abuse services include counseling youths who are alcohol and drug abusers, children who live in families with a parent who is suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction and youths who have co-occurring chemical dependency and mental health problems. Prevention services are offered to local school districts.

Triage and Emergency Services

The Fay J. Lindner Triage and Emergency Services Program offers a rapid response to psychiatric emergencies-a sudden set of circumstances in which there is an impending risk of danger to the child or adolescent such as risk of suicide, risk of physical harm to others, a state of seriously impaired judgment in which the child is endangered, and situations of risk to a defenseless victim involving abuse, neglect, or exposure to domestic violence. Our goal is to strengthen, stabilize and support.

Early Childhood Services

The Marks Family Right from the Start 0-3 + Center (RFTS) in Manhasset offers parent education, therapeutic and support services for young children and their families, as well as pre-school evaluations for children ages 3-6.
The RFTS Center is the “umbrella” for early childhood services, agency-wide, that also include:

  • Diane Goldberg Maternal Depression Program – Rapid response and diagnosis for mothers suffering from maternal post-partum depression and other perinatal mood disorders.
  • Good Beginnings for Babies (GBB) – Support, counseling, advocacy and education for pregnant and parenting teens at the Leeds Place, our Westbury branch office.
  • Children’s Center at Family Court – A safe and enriching environment on site at Nassau County Family Court while parents are involved in court business.
  • Closer to the Crib – Case management services, in partnership with the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, for criminal offenders with children ages birth – 3, to build healthy physical, cognitive and emotional development and reduce the incidence of maltreatment and neglect.
  • Caregiver Grandparent Respite and Support Program(C-GRASP) – Support and education for retired grandparents who are the primary caregivers of their young grandchildren.

Diagnostic Services/Learning to Learn

The Guidance Center offers families comprehensive diagnostic assessments by highly-qualified teams of caring psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors and drug & alcohol counselors with special expertise in diagnosing and treating children. Our Learning to Learn Center offers specialized screening and diagnosis for children suspected of having learning, attention deficit problems and developmental disorders.

Community Education, Consultation and Training Programs

The Guidance Center provides community workshops, forums, and trainings for parents and professionals on a broad range of topics dealing with children and families.

Bereavement and Trauma Services

The Schnurmacher Bereavement & Trauma Program offers assistance to children, youths and their families during times of grief and trauma, including family members of suicide victims and parents of murdered children at our Lucille and Martin E. Kantor Bereavement and Trauma Center in Roslyn Heights and at our other sites. Support groups and therapy are offered for children who are abuse victims through the Renée and Robert Rimsky Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program.

Intensive Child and Family Services

This cluster of services is aimed at children and teens with serious emotional disturbances and their families; offering care coordination, crisis intervention in the home, case management and skills in living training. Teams of social workers, psychiatrists and parent advocates work collaboratively to preserve families and prevent institutionalization through an intensive response, often in the home environment.
This cluster of services includes:

  • Children’s Care Coordination Team (CCCT) – Provides home-based clinical services for troubled children and teens.
  • Coordinated Children’s Services Initiative (CCSI) – Coordinates services among multiple systems to prevent children from falling through the cracks.
  • Intensive Support Program (ISP) – Offers intensive mental health services on-site at three Nassau B.O.C.E.S. schools for children, ages 5-21, and their families from all 56 Nassau County school districts.
  • Wilderness Respite Program – Offers groups for youth at risk that emphasize outdoor activities as a gateway to mastery of social skills and youth empowerment.
  • Latina Girls Project – Offers bi-lingual and bi-cultural mental health counseling, group meetings and outings for adolescent girls suffering from depression, and their parents.