Community Residence for Children and Adolescents

FSW’s Community Residence for Children and Adolescents is an OMH-licensed eight-bed residential setting for adolescent boys who have been diagnosed with a Severe Emotional Disturbance (SED).

The Community Residence partners with families and encourages their participation at all levels by supporting them in their efforts to continue and/or resume primary care for their child with an SED.

A Community-Based, Respectful Therapeutic Milieu

The Community Residence provides families with education, information, skill development, and emotional support. Rehabilitation for children and adolescents at the Community Residence occurs in a therapeutic milieu that provides caring and respect, while fostering healing, growth and the development of skills.

It includes caring, consistent adult relationships, structured daily living activities, strength-based interventions and practice communicating, building resilience and teaching problem-solving skills as part of a comprehensive individualized plan of care.

One Weekend Respite Bed Each Week

The Community Residence also offers one weekend Respite Bed each week. The primary purpose of respite care is to temporarily relieve caregiver stress by offering use of the Respite Bed to the youth — a vital break that enables caregivers to continue caring for youth who pose unique challenges.

Use of the Respite Bed must be planned in advance, since the Community Residence does not have adequate resources to meet the needs of youth who may be experiencing an acute mental health crisis, manifesting severe symptoms or could pose a danger to himself or others.

Serving Males, Ages 13 to 17:

The Community Residence serves male adolescents, ages 13 to 17, who reside in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, and Rockland Counties and have been diagnosed with a Severe Emotional Disturbance, which may include (but is not limited to) Schizophrenia, other Psychotic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders, Oppositional Developmental Disorders and/or Impulse Control Disorders.

Youth may also have a secondary diagnosis of Developmental Delay [DD].

The Community Residence is a community-based, non-restraint setting and is designed for short-term stays. The goal of the program is successful functioning for each youth and integration into his natural/surrogate family and the overall community.

Each youth receives clinical treatment (therapy and psychiatric services) provided by local providers. Advocacy and strong relationships with the local school district enable each youth to maximize his academic and social success.

Contact information:

Vielka Pérez, LMSW, Program Director
914-937-2320, Ext. 6887
vperez@fsw.org