Mental Health - Child & Family Treatment & Support Services (CFTSS)

Download CFTSS Referral Form

CFTSS Overview

  • Available to all Medicaid eligible children under age 21 who meet medical necessity criteria
  • Allow interventions to be delivered in home and other natural community based settings where children and their families live
  • Provide lower intensity services to prevent the need for more restrictive settings and higher intensity services
  • Require youth to have a behavioral health diagnosis to access any services except Other Licensed Practitioner (OLP)

Types of Services:

Crisis Intervention (CI)

(Began in January 2020, not available in Monroe County) Mobile services provided to youth who are identified as experiencing acute psychological/emotional change which results in an increase in personal distress and exceeds the ability of those involved to effectively resolve it.  Face-to-face interventions and face-to-face or in person follow up.

Community Psychiatric Supports and Treatment (CPST)

Designed to provide community based services to children and families who may have difficulty engaging in formal office settings.  Includes intensive intervention (individual and family counseling, behavior management support), crisis avoidance and crisis management, education about treatment options based on needs, strengths-based service planning amd support for physical health and safety.

Family Peer Support Services (FPSS)

Provides a structured, strength based relationship between a Family Peer Advocate (FPA) and the parent/family member/caregiver for the benefit of the child/youth.  Includes engagement, bridging and transition support, self-advocacy, self-efficacy, and empowerment; parent skill development, developing community connections and natural supports.. 

Other Licensed Practitioner (OLP)

Provides evaluation/assessment, treatment planning, psychotherapy, and crisis intervention in non-traditional settings, including home, community, and other site based setting when appropriate. 

Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR)

Hands on, task oriented activities focused on rehabilitative needs of the youth which are usually provided in the community, including the home.  Includes interventions to work on personal and community competence, social and interpersonal skills, daily living skills, and community integration. 

Youth Peer Support and Training (YPST)

Engagement, support, community connection, and skill building from a credentialed Youth Peer Advocate professional, who has past experience(s) in the service system.

To make a referral: 

Option 1: Complete optional referral form provided above and send to the preferred services provider(s).  Link for provider contact information is available below

Option 2: Contact the preferred service provider(s) directly to begin the referral process (opting out of using the referral form). Service Provider Contact Information

This link on the NYS website provides a map and listing for CFTSS providers in your area.   

*Items you may want to include with your referral:

  • Signed releases
  • Preliminary Plan of Care
  • Medical Necessity Documentation:  This may expedite the service process, but is not required before contacting a provider.  See this link on the NYS website for more information.
  • Other Pertinent Family/Participant Information

If you have questions about the information on this page, you may contact the Child and Youth SPOA Supervisor at (585) 753-2881.