Heart is slang for bravery and fearlessness. The youth we serve “got heart,” as demonstrated by their remarkable adaptability in the face of trauma and adverse life experiences. We believe that traumatic stress is something from which all children, youth and families can recover and grown even stronger. The “got HEART?” campaign celebrates the natural resiliency and inner strength of the people we are proud to serve.
The BI-SLR Healing Emotions and Achieving Resilience to Traumatic Stress (HEARTS) Program is a federally funded partnership between Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt. The program aims to improve the care for children and families who have suffered the effects of traumatic stress. We are primarily funded through the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration. This funding also affords us membership in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Visit www.NCTSN.org for more information.
We offer a variety of services, including treatment, training, consultation, advocacy and community engagement. As part of the grant goals, we serve as a local expert resource on child traumatic stress for our community and deliver treatments, trainings, and other knowledge created by the NCTSN to consumers, community agencies, and service systems in New York City.
We deliver the latest evidence-based trauma treatments, including Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competence, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Child-Parent Psychotherapy. We treat children ages 2-18 (and sometimes up to 21 years of age). We provide individual, group, and family therapy.
We also offer free therapy for military families as part of Give an Hour.
We offer treatment in two ways. First, we have trained the clinicians working in our two outpatient psychiatry services to deliver evidence-based trauma treatments.
For Parents Interested in Treatment:
If you are interested in receiving our services, you have to do nothing other than come in for treatment into the child psychiatry department at our hospitals.
Beth Israel Intake Coordinator: 212.420.4135
St. Luke’s Roosevelt Intake Coordinator: 212.523.3082
Second, we provide on-site group therapy for justice-involved youth receiving services by one of our community partner’s programs (e.g., Center for Community Alternatives, Center for Court Innovations, and Brooklyn STEP/MBTC).
We provide professional trainings and presentations on providing trauma-informed care. We consult to various community agencies that work in child welfare, juvenile justice, and other programs under the NYS Office of Mental Health to help create trauma-informed organizations. Examples of partner agencies include family preventive programs, adolescent community residences, alternative to incarceration programs, non-secure placements, and adolescent diversion parts of family court.
We advocate on a local and national level to make sure that the needs of traumatized children and families are considered and addressed.
We provide and participate in various community events and build collaborative relationships with community organizations so we are all working together to empower families and meet their needs.
Interested in supporting our program? All donations are accepted through Beth Israel. Just write Child Trauma when prompted to designate your gift. To donate please click here.
Thank you for your donation! Any amount goes a long way in helping us provide services to youth and families.
Beth Israel Medical Center
Manhattan: First Avenue at 16th Street, New York, NY 10003
10 Union Square East, New York, NY 10003
Brooklyn: 3201 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY 11234