Partnership for Safe Youth
What is the Rockland County Partnership For Safe Youth?
It’s a fresh approach to providing a continuum of behavioral health, social services and educational support to Rockland County children and teenagers who are struggling academically, socially and emotionally. We focus on healing children, adolescents and their families, with the goal of creating a stronger, stable support system at home.
Who is involved?
Highly-trained, multilingual experts from the Rockland County Department of Mental Health, the Rockland County Department of Social Services, the Rockland County Department of Probation, the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office and Rockland BOCES.
Why we’re different
The Partnership brings together a diversity of services within the youth’s everyday environment. By providing coordination of care and the ability to address multiple issues at one location, the PSY team connects children, youth and their families with immediate resources and appropriate supports, leading to more productive and healthy lives.
How we help
Once a referral is made and issues are identified, an interdisciplinary team works closely with the youth, the family, the school district and existing providers to address their unique – and, often unmet – needs. In each case, caring and supportive staff from the partner agencies work together to determine what supports are needed. This coordinated process keeps all service providers informed and engaged. Decision-making abilities throughout the process empower youth and families to make decisions for long-term success.
Participation of children, youth and families with the Partnership For Safe Youth may lead to higher academic achievement, improved school attendance, less involvement with substance abuse and crime, improved behaviors and a unified family. Involvement with the Partnership may also increase a youths’ social competence and motivation.
Where we work
The Partnership for Safe Youth is centrally located inside the BOCES Educational Resource Center (BERC) in Nyack. This “one-stop” setting allows streamlined access to all partners and related services. Referrals are immediate, paperwork is reduced, face time replaces phone calls.
The Rockland County Partnership For Safe Youth
BOCES Educational Resource Center (BERC)
131 N. Midland Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960
Staff is typically available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday.