Albany County Mental Health Clinic
Parsons Child and Family Center operates the Capital Region Child and Adolescent Mobile Crisis Team serving youth and families in Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties. It does so in partnership and under the direction of a Steering Committee composed of family representatives; the NYS Offices of Mental Health and Persons With Developmental Disabilities; the local government units of Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties; the Capital District Developmental Disabilities Office and the Capital District Psychiatric Center; Vanderheyden Hall; and Families Together (Albany County Chapter).
In January 2012, CRCAMT expanded its services to include a school-focused behaviorist (SFB) with the intent to minimize the impact that repetitive crisis episodes have on a youth’s educational, social and emotional development. The SFB will respond if school staff calls about a child/youth in crisis that is being mainstreamed in self-contained or BOCES classrooms. The addition of the SFB (available from 8:00am to 4:30pm) will expand the teams operating hours to cover the entire day of school, with services available for Albany, Rensselaer or Schenectady County children and adolescents (ages 4-21).
The CRCAMT SFB is also accessed through the County “gatekeepers” (see below). The CRCAMT has demonstrated its effectiveness in de-escalating a crisis and diverting unnecessary hospitalizations. The multidisciplinary team members are skilled in performing age-appropriate assessments, delivering effective crisis intervention, and having access to ready resources such as to urgent appointments, brief crisis out-of-home respite, and the ability to provide linkages to ongoing community support services.
- Consultation and Information
- Crisis Assessment
- Crisis Intervention and Stabilization
- Facilitation of Alternate Levels of Care
- Service provided at the moment of the crisis where the child is
- Strength based, trauma informed, least intrusive/restrictive community based service to families
- Diversion from higher levels care when clinically appropriate
- Cost effective
- Proven service model
Who can access services?
The Capital Region Child and Adolescent Mobile Crisis Team (CRCAMT) serves any family with a child who resides in Albany, Rensselaer or Schenectady Counties (up to age 18, or older if still in day school) who is experiencing an emotional or behavioral crisis in the community regardless of diagnosis or system involvement.
How are services accessed?
CRCAMT can be accessed through “gatekeepers” in each of the three counties as follows:
When are services available?
The CRCAMT Program operates between the hours of 11:00am to 9:30pm, Monday through Friday. The School Focused Behaviorist is on duty from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Center for Human Services Research, University at Albany (1.11) concluded: “The Child and Adolescent Mobile Team successfully meets the program goals of reducing unnecessary hospitalization and facilitates linkages to community-based supports…CAMT meets the goal of reducing hospitalizations in a cost effective way.” (p. 35)