Albany County Department for CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILIES
Harold L. Joyce Albany County Office Building
112 State Street | Room 300 | Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 447-4550 | Fax: (518) 447-2045
Gail Geohagen-Pratt, Commissioner

Children's Mental Health Division

Our Children’s Mental Health Division is committed to Safety, Recovery, and Family Preservation for children in partnership with families and the community. 

Our diverse array of individualized treatment options includes crisis support, evaluation, on-going services, and community referrals.

Children’s Mental Health Clinic

NYS Office of Mental Health Licensed Clinic
Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:30pm
Wednesday evenings by appointment only for treatment
Population served:  Albany County youth Ages 5-18 years old

Crisis Intake:

  • Emergency appointments for children (ages 5-18) in crisis (e.g., dangerous or Impulsive behavior, suicidal statements or gestures, threats to harm others.)
  • Planned appointments to assess a child’s need for therapy or other community services
  • Psychiatric consultation and assessment
  • Referral and access to crisis services including psychiatric hospitals, crisis residences and other community supports.  Service coordination and discharge planning provided
  • Consultation regarding a wide range of circumstances that pose a potential challenge to a child’s mental health
  • Linkage to respite services

Outpatient Treatment:

  • On-going outpatient therapy
  • Psychiatric consultation and assessment
  • Medication prescription & management

Single Point of Access (SPOA)

  • Aims to identify those children with the highest risk of placement in out-of-home settings and seeks to develop appropriate strategies to safely manage those children in their communities.
  • Access to high end case management services including: WAIVER, Intensive Case Management, Supportive Case Management and Community Transition Team
  • Access to Community Residences and Residential Treatment Facilities.

Case Management Services

  • Intensive Case Management (ICM) services and Supportive Case Management (SCM) services are available for children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances; who are at risk for hospitalization or out of home placement.
  • Case managers provide crisis intervention/management and referral/linkage to community resources
  • Case mangers provide advocacy and support to assist families in obtaining services to safely maintain the child with their family in the community.

Child Forensic Services

Forensic psychologists conduct assessments and participate in consultation regarding children and families involved with Albany Family Court, Probation and/ or child protective services.

Parent Partners

Parent Partners are available to offer support, education and assistance to parents, whose children are being seen at the clinic, involved in the SPOA process or receives case management services.

Suicide Prevention Education Committee

The Albany County Suicide Prevention Education Committee (SPEC) is an active coalition with diverse membership dedicated to promote community wide suicide awareness, education and prevention. SPEC works towards ending suicide by providing coordinated services, awareness, education and hope for residents at risk and impacted by suicide in Albany County. SPEC Brochure to Download and Share [PDF]

Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy