Programs and Services

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Mental Health Services

Each of the Guidance Center’s three sites (Roslyn Heights, Manhasset and Westbury) offers 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.

Chemical Dependency 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.

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 and alcohol counselors with special expertise in diagnosing and treating children. Our Learning to Learn Center offers specialized screening, diagnosis and tutoring for children suspected of having learning, attention deficit problems and developmental disorders.

Triage and Emergency Services

The Fay J. Lindner Foundation Triage and Emergency Services offer 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.

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.

Early Childhood Services

The Marks Family Right from the Start 0-3 + Center (RFTS) in Manhasset offers parent education, as well as therapeutic and support services for young children. Rapid response and diagnosis for mothers suffering from maternal post-partum depression and other perinatal mood disorders is provided through the Diane Goldberg Maternal Depression Program. The Center also offers pre-school evaluations for children ages 3-5.

Following is a list of some of the programs offered under our Early Childhood Services umbrella:

  • CAREGIVER GRANDPARENT RESPITE & SUPPORT PROGRAM (C-GRASP) – Offers support to grandparent caregivers.
  • CHANGING FAMILIES – Help for young children witnessing the often painful and acrimonious dynamics of divorce.
  • CHILDREN’S CENTER AT NASSAU FAMILY COURT – Offers a safe and enriching environment for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years while their parents are involved in court business.
  • DIANE GOLDBERG MATERNAL DEPRESSION PROGRAM – Provides rapid response and diagnosis for mothers suffering from maternal post-partum depression and other perinatal mood disorders.
  • GOOD BEGINNINGS FOR BABIES – Provides support, counseling, advocacy and education for pregnant and parenting teens at the Leeds Place – Serving Young People, our Westbury office.
  • GRANDPARENT ADVOCATES SUPPORTING AUTISTIC KIDS (GASAK) – Monthly meeting of grandparents to support, inform and advocate for families with autistic children.
  • FRIENDS OF NANCY MARKS NATURE NURSERY – A thoughtfully designed garden for young children to experience nature through their senses and through play.

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 and/or school environment.

  • CLINICAL 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.
  • FAMILY PEER ADVOCATES – Provides parent-to-parent support both individually and/or in groups to families who have children experiencing social, emotional and/or behavioral challenges in their home, school or community.
  • 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.

Special Programs

  • LATINA GIRLS PROJECT – Offers bilingual and bicultural individual and family mental health counseling, along with group meetings and outings for adolescent girls suffering from depression.
  • ORGANIC GARDEN PROGRAM – Consists of two organic gardens, one at our Roslyn Heights headquarters and one at The Marks Family Right From the Start 0-3+ Center in Manhasset. Provides opportunity for technology-engrossed children and teens to unplug and appreciate nature.
  • WILDERNESS RESPITE PROGRAM – Offers groups for youth at risk that emphasize outdoor activities as a gateway to mastery of social skills and youth empowerment.

Training and Consultation

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