VCS saves lives every day by providing counseling services and mental health treatment with an anti-racist, social justice mission. Working collaboratively with the community, VCS identifies and fills gaps in services with programs in behavioral healthcare, training and advocacy for those most in need. The VCS Mental Health Clinic is an Article 31 Outpatient Clinic Treatment Program licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health. The clinic accepts Medicaid and most Medicaid Managed Care Plans. The VCS goal is to provide hope and promote wellness for individuals, families and communities through person-centered, recovery-oriented and strengths-based mental health counseling. VCS services are available in English, Spanish, French, Creole and Yiddish
77 South Main Strreet
New City, NY 10956 USA
Counseling, Mental Health Treatment, Parenting Skills, Adolescent Services, Older Adults Services, Divorce Services, LGBT, Batterers, Gay Pride, Volunteers, Surrogate Decision Making, Mediation, Arbitration, Lemon Law, Student Advocacy, Special Education Mediation, Kinship Care, Cancer Support, Veteran Peer Counseling, Suspension Prevention, anti-oppression, eldercare mediation
Family Services (P40)
Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)
Voluntarism Promotion (T40)
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Rockland County Department of Mental Health operates a full array of adult services, but staff resources are inadequate to fully address the mental health needs of the community. They are dedicating their resources to serve the most seriously and persistently mentally ill in the community leaving a large population at risk due to lack of available services that a niche agency such as ourselves could provide i.e. assessment, counseling and case management. Access to affordable mental health services for youth, was one of the seven major needs for the county identified by all 2016 Focus Group Reports of the United Way of Rockland. At VCS, 23% of our intakes are for adolescents. Rockland is in need of additional clinic services for the adolescent population for students struggling to cope with a range of traumatic experiences including: rape, domestic violence, abuse by caregivers,: rape, domestic violence, abuse by caregivers, forced migration, poverty, homelessness, and bullying.
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Counseling and Family Services
Affordable Multilingual Counseling, Parenting Apart Services, Families in Need of Support (FINS), Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP), Services for Older Adults and their Familes, Services for Caregivers, Parenting Classes in English & Spanish, Spanish Language Counselor Training, School Advocacy Assistance
Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people
Families in Need of Support
A school based program that provides intensive in-school counseling twice a week for at risk students
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Rockland Student Advocacy Program
Provides information, referrals and direct advocacy to parents and guardians of school age children residing in Rockland County. Priority is given to youth experiencing educational or behavioral problems, children with educational disabilities of any kind, children of low income families, children of newly arrived immigrant families and children who are being bullied or harassed in school.
K-12 (5-19 years)
Parenting Apart Program (COPE)
Helps parents going through separation and/or divorce to manage their interactions in a way designed to best support the emotional and mental health of their children.
Parenting Skills Classes
Given in 12 week cycles for at-risk mothers in English and Spanish. Fathers are worked with individually.
Services for Older Adults and their Families
Outreach to Elders: provides in-home counseling for home-bound people over the age of 60. Care Giver Resource Center: provides crucial information about eldercare and resources for elders through telephone consultations, family meetings and workshops. Caregiver Support Group: Meets weekly. Grandparents/Relatives Raising Children (RAPP): offers school advocacy, monthly support groups, counseling, home visits, information and referral services
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
Employee Assistance Program
Provides workshops and/or counseling services for people within companies
VCS Mental Health Clinic
An article 31 Outpatient Clinic Treatment Program licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health. The Clinic provides outpatient mental health treatment to adults with a diagnosable mental health condition and who meet medical necessity for a higher level of care.
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Opportunities about at VCS. Volunteer Counseling Training recruits, trains and supervises lay people from our community to provide a high level of counseling to others.Training and Technical Assistance: Racial Justice as well as other social justice issues. NY Model for Batterer Programs provided to lay and professional audiences locally and across the county.
Graduate Student Internships
VCS is a highly sought after placement for social work and counseling programs throughout the NY metropolitan area
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As a Mental Health Clinic, individuals will receive treatment at our agency and the specialized services we offer at no cost to them. People who have had trauma, victims of domestic violence and the elderly have been identified as the under-served populations in our community. In addition, VCS Inc. runs several multilingual collaborative groups with marginalized cultural peoples, to help identify the needs of these various peoples, who are among our community’s most under-served and impoverished. We have a project proposal with the East Ramapo Central School District to establish a satellite site for our Clinic at Spring Valley High School. We find in Families in Need of Support (FINS) we have more success reaching youth when services are provided at schools due to economic-related transportation difficulties faced by families, resistance to engaging in mental health services among school-aged students, and disproportionate problems with access faced by marginalized communities.
By becoming a Mental Health Clinic, adults aged 18 and over are able to receive treatment at our agency and the specialized services we offer at no cost to them. We increase the number of consultation rooms to accommodate via a Grant in 2018. In our Families in Need of Support (FINS) Program we have more success reaching youth when services are provided at schools. We received a conditional license with the District's support to work with youth; next step is to begin piloting in-school clinic services. We've letters of support for the project from the United Way of Rockland County, the Rockland County Community Services Board, and the Rockland County Department of Mental Health. VCS looks forward to the expansion of its scope of work while maintaining its viability in providing affordable, culturally sensitive mental health services to the people; in English and Spanish; adults AND adolescents of Rockland County who have limited if any access to mental health care.
VCS has a dedicated clinical and administrative staff, each one of whom plays an integral part in our success. This year VCS expanded its clinical operating space with the winning of a $75,000 Office of Mental Health Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program Grant enabling us to build-out 6 additional consultation rooms and re-floor the entire building, creating better, safer access to mental health services here at VCS. Since the demand for the VCS FINS program is higher than we can meet, we've requested an expansion of our clinic license to work with people 18 and younger in-school in order to meet this critical youth community need. We have the staff, psychiatrist and a steady flow of interns to meet the needs of this expansion. VCS has a near 50 year history of consistent growth and expansion. With strong and experienced executive leadership and a hard-working and involved Board of Directors, and talented staff, there's no limit to our capabilities.
There is a steady flow of Spanish speaking individuals seeking counseling as well as those needing a higher level of care in the Clinic. We continue to serve at capacity in our Student Advocacy Program, our Parenting and Divorce Programs, and Services for Older Adults and their families and our General Counseling Program. VCS keeps meticulous records to track progress. The VCS FINS program has expanded year-to-year and is now funded by four separate funding streams and is operating in four schools across the county. The Office of Mental health has GRANTED conditional approval for a license to work with youth and we are in the process of furthering the institution of the services with the school district. In 2018 we expanded programming to ensure the under-served Spanish speaking population has access to services. It is now possible to receive counseling and connect to other programs at VCS completely in Spanish through VCS PUENTES. PUENTES is the Spanish word for bridges.
The opening of the VCS Mental Health Clinic in 2015 was successful. In 2016 VCS was granted a further 3-year operating certificate with high ratings and glowing comments from the mental health community. In 2017, we increased our team to 12 staff members plus 2 interns allowing us to increase capacity to 150 clients. Additionally, the Clinic overshot its budget by about 10%. With the advent of the Clinic, VCS has become an ever more self-sustaining, well-respected and much needed agency in Rockland County. Since it is now possible to receive counseling and connect to other programs at VCS completely in Spanish through VCS PUENTES we aim to reach the Spanish speaking population who need counseling or other social services and we aim to raise awareness of this access-point and increase the staff as needed. With conditional approval for a license to work with youth we are working with the school district to implement services. VCS has added French, Creole and Yiddish to service access
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United Way Member Agency
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