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Referring to Behavioral Health

Learn how to refer your patients for behavioral health services.

VNS Health offers specialized behavioral health services designed to support individuals with mental health or substance use disorders. If someone you know needs additional support, you can refer them to one of our community programs.

VNS Health can provide support to those living with:

  • Addiction and substance use disorders
  • Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia 
  • Anxiety disorders 
  • Bipolar disorder 
  • Major depressive disorders
  • Schizophrenia 
  • Other psychiatric diagnoses 

Community Programs and Eligibility Requirements

VNS Health offers many community programs that might benefit your patients. Each program serves different people and different areas of New York. For information about these programs or to refer someone, please complete the Behavioral Health Referral Form.

Programs for Adults of All Ages

ProgramBoroughAgeServices
Health HomeBronx
Brooklyn
Manhattan
Age 21+Comprehensive care coordination integrating medical and behavioral health service needs for those with behavioral health and/or substance use problems, HIV/AIDS, and/or multiple chronic illnesses. Active Medicaid required.
Adult Mobile Crisis Teams*Bronx Brooklyn
Queens
Age 21+Short-term, in-home mental health services for people who are experiencing — or are at risk of experiencing — a mental health crisis.

*To refer to the Adult Mobile Crisis Teams, call 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355); press 3 for Spanish

Programs for Older Adults

ProgramBoroughAgeServices
Geriatric Mental Health Treatment ServicesBronxAge 55+Free in-home therapy for older adults to address depression provided by funding from New York City Council.
Geriatric Community OutreachBronx
Manhattan
Bronx: 60+
Manhattan: 65+
Assessment, supportive counseling, and linkage to community services for older adults.
PEARLSManhattan
Queens
Age 55+In-home treatment for homebound seniors that targets symptoms of depression by using intervention based on cognitive behavioral therapy.

Programs for Children and Families

ProgramBoroughAgeServices
Children and Family Support TeamBronxAge 5–17Comprehensive assessment and in-home crisis intervention for seriously emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children and their families.
Children’s Health HomeBronx
Manhattan
Age 6–21Comprehensive care coordination integrating medical and behavioral health service needs for those with behavioral health and/or multiple chronic illnesses. Active Medicaid required.
Children’s Mobile Crisis Teams*Bronx Brooklyn QueensAge 0–2024/7 rapid crisis care for children and teens and their families.
Outpatient Mental Health ClinicBronxAge 5+Assessment, treatment, and medication management for seriously emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children and their families. Insurance required.
Home-Based Crisis Intervention Bronx BrooklynAge 5–18Short-term services for families with children who are at risk of hospitalization due to serious mental health needs.

*To refer to the Children’s Mobile Crisis Teams, call 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355); press 3 for Spanish

Behavioral Health Support at Home 

If you are a social worker, community partner, or social service partner, you might notice harmful behaviors in your clients. VNS Health’s behavioral health services can help individuals in all aspects of their lives — whether that’s building relationships, achieving their dreams, or completing daily tasks. 

In addition to our community programs, VNS Health supports individuals with various home care plans. When needed, a behavioral health specialist is available to support home care nurses as a part of an individual’s overall care plan. This can be beneficial in helping someone address all aspects of their health — including physical, mental, and emotional health.

Make a Referral to Behavioral Health

If this is an emergency, please call 911!

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