Welcome to the New York State Coalition for Children’s Behavioral Health

Andrea Smyth, Executive Director Children’s mental health services have been found to have lifelong positive impact on both the health and behavioral health of children, youth and families affected by adverse experiences, trauma and severe emotional disturbances. Early identification and the right interventions help children develop emotionally, socially and educationally. The Children’s Coalition is committed to supporting community based provider organizations that can help children and youth to remain safe and receive the care they need to lead healthier, happier lives.

The Children’s Coalition provides a unified voice for children mental health care providers and the families they serve. Strengthening the array of children’s mental health services, improving family and youth involvement in treatment planning, and leading public policy development and advocacy for funding of children’s mental health services are the Coalition’s priorities.

Our Mission

To promote quality mental health services for New York’s children with serious emotional disturbance and their families by leading the service provider community in identifying effective practices and participating in planning and implementing a continuum of services that are family-focused, comprehensive, cost-effective, culturally responsive, coordinated and appropriately funded.

Please join the Coalition, even if you are not a community based provider organization, we welcome Allied Members to join us in improving the lives of children and families.

Save the Dates

Family Advocacy Training
January 18, 2019


Family EmPOWERment Day
February 12, 2019
Albany Capital Center

Empowerment Events Flyer & Registration Links


Handouts & Presentations

Annual Staff Development Training Forum – November 27-28, 2018

Children’s Behavioral Health Policy ForumOctober 16, 2018

Annual Staff Development Training ForumNovember 28-29, 2017

About the New Services and Transitions Coming January 1, 2019

Child and Family Treatment and Support Services

Board Retreat - July 2017
Board Retreat – July 2017