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We offer a wide range of programs and services to meet the needs of families who have children with physical and behavioral health concerns. We help them by providing programs, information and resources to assist in their journey. We also help by raising awareness through public outreach and media.

Families First Programs

  • Family Support Services

    Available to all families:

    • Food shelf
    • Social activities for youth and families
    • Holiday Drives                                                                                                                                                                         

    Available to families who have children with emotional or behavioral challenges.

    • One on one support from credentialed Family Peer Advocates
    • Skill building/educational opportunities
    • Advocacy
  • Health Home Care Management

    Open to Essex County families who have a child with a qualifying mental health diagnosis or two qualifying physical health concerns, or a diagnosis of complex trauma. Generally, the family's needs require the assistance of more than one service provider. A care manager helps coordinate all services, partners with the family to develop a service plan, and coordinates implementing the plan.

  • Home and Community Based Services

    Children and youth seeking HCBS must be under 21 years old and eligible for Medicaid.  They must also meet 1.) target criteria 2.) risk factors 3.) functional criteria.  

    The services include:

    • Caregiver/Family Support Services
    • Community Self Advocacy Training and Support
    • Prevocational Services
    • Supported Employment Services
    • Respite Services
  • Children and Family Treatment and Support Services

    These services include:

    • Therapy services (evaluation, assessment, and counseling)
    • Rehabilitation services (Psychosocial rehabilitation and Community Psychiatric Treatment and Support)
    • Family Peer Support Services (provided by a credentialed peer with lived experience)



If you are a parent seeking services, please call us to schedule an intake. If you know a parent that could use our help, please encourage him or her to call us.