Child in Crisis

The Mattituck- Cutchogue District Mental Health staff would like to make families aware of the following supports and programs, as well as community-based mental health resources available for children who are in crisis. The following list of resources can be used to support students and families during this challenging time.

Child in Crisis Resources

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 273-8255

Suffolk County Suicide Crisis Prevention: (631) 751-7500 Hotline

Sagamore Mobile Crisis Unit - onsite (either at home or school with parental presence) psychiatric evaluation for resistant, acute psychiatric adolescents under age 18. Peggy O’Grady Operating between the hours of 11 am and 7 pm. (631) 370-1701

Suffolk County Mobile Crisis Unit - for adults ages 18 or over. Emergency, on site psychiatric assessment in Suffolk County (631) 952-3333 M- F 10 – 6:30

Diagnostic Assessment and Stabilization Hub - DASH is a 24/7 voluntary program for individuals in a crisis situation who are feeling overwhelmed due to substance use, mental illness and/or other life stressors. The program features a mobile response team of licensed professional experts who will come to your community and conduct an assessment, develop a safety plan, and if necessary, recommend outpatient services or a higher level of care. DASH also features a crisis hotline that provides telephone triage, clinical assessments and therapeutic support.

Hauppauge, NY
24-hour hotline
(631) 952-3333 more information

Mental Well-Being Concerns

Signs of Depression

While everyone can suffer at times with feelings of sadness, low-energy, adjustment or disappointment, some individuals can have prolonged feelings of sadness, hopelessness or despair. This could be a sign of depression. Other signs can include, apathy, disinterest in anything and numbness. It can also affect appetite, sleep, motivation, concentration and social interactions. Depression is highly treatable and mental health counseling can provide relief of symptoms and can teach tools for coping with stress and managing emotions.

Signs of Anxiety

Anxiety can be a normal part of life. Everyone can experience worry associated with an overwhelming challenge or fear such as a big exam. It can take on many forms such as nervousness, jitteriness, shallow breathing and increased heart rate. Prolonged symptoms can include difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, increased stress eating, inability to concentrate and social isolation.

In small amounts, mild anxiety can be motivating, alerting our minds that we have tasks to take care of. Overwhelming anxiety can become problematic when it interferes with a person’s ability to carry out daily tasks, pursue goals or connect with other people.

Anxiety disorders can take on many forms. Sometimes people develop obsessive thinking, compulsive behaviors, phobias or panicky thoughts or feelings. Mental Health counseling that focuses on managing thoughts, learning stress management tools and learning mind and body relaxation techniques can be very effective in helping individuals suffering from anxiety

Concerns about NSSI Non-Suicidal Self Self-Injury

Self-injury happens when an individual intentionally tries to inflict harm to his/her/their bodies through a variety of different means. The behavior is intended to cope with overwhelming and painful emotional feelings but does not involve suicidal intent. The behaviors can include cutting, scratching, burning, pulling out hair and self-bruising. Self-injury is a maladaptive response to a variety of difficult emotions. It can be used to cope with numbness and sadness, to cope with overwhelming emotions and emotional pressure, to protect others from one’s emotional pain, to feel in control over one’s mind and body and to communicate needs.

While NSSI is not considered to involve suicidal intent, it is a sign that an individual is coping with symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. With professional treatment that focuses on increasing coping skills, individuals can learn healthier ways to deal with these symptoms.

Warning Signs of Suicidal Risk

Something to look out for when concerned that a person may be suicidal is a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors. This is of sharpest concern if the new or changed behavior is related to a painful event, loss, or change. These behavior changes or warning signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. Below is a list of warning signs and strategies if you have concerns that someone may be suicidal:

Warning Signs of Suicide

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Increased use of drugs or alcohol
  • Sleeping to much or too little
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Looking for a way to end one’s life , such as searching online for methods
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Aggression
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in mood such as depression, anxiety, anger and/or sadness

If you are concerned that someone you care for may be having suicidal feelings it is important to reach out and have an honest conversation with them:

  • Talk with them in private
  • Listen to their story
  • Tell them you care about them
  • Ask directly if they are thinking about suicide
  • Encourage them to seek professional counseling and mental health treatment
  • Avoid debating the value of life, minimizing their problems or giving advice
  • If a person says they are considering suicide
  • Take the person seriously
  • Stay with them
  • Help them remove lethal means
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Text TALK to 741741 to text with a trained crisis counselor from the Crisis Text Line for free, 24/7
  • Escort them to mental health services or an emergency room
  • Utilized the resources above for crisis situations

Additional Resources:

(Please Note: The Mattituck- Cutchogue Union Free School District does not authorize or recommend any of the therapists or programs listed below. This list is meant to serve as a resource guide for any family who may be in need.)

Hospital Programs:

Inpatient Programs:

Mather Hospital Psychiatric unit: 75 North Country Rd. Port Jefferson NY 473- 1320
Inpatient unit for adolescents who require 24 hr. hospitalization and Partial Hospitalization for adolescents who do not require 24 hr. hospitalization. ER psychiatric evaluations. Inpatient Adolescent Psychiatric – (631) 476-2775

Eastern Long Island Hospital: 18 and older psychiatric (631) 477-2016

Quannicut at Eastern Long Island Hospital Greenport: In-patient Substance Abuse and Detox – over 18 medical model only. Insurance will determine if the young adult is in need of medical treatment due to addiction. (631) 477-8877

South Oaks Hospital Amityville:  Inpatient Psychiatric and substance abuse programs 264-4000 Adolescent inpatient (631) 608-5610

Stony Brook Psychiatric Emergency Room:  (631) 444-6050 evaluations done on site

University Medical Center SUNY Stony Brook: Psychiatric Emergency Room adolescents and adults (631) 632-8333

Seafield Center -Westhampton Beach: Substance Abuse treatment (631) 288- 1122

Long Island Center for Recovery (LICR) Hampton Bays:  Substance Abuse Treatment adults only (631) 728-3100

Phoenix House: Easthampton –Inpatient substance abuse treatment - males only (631) 587-2891

Outreach Project: Brentwood - Intensive inpatient substance abuse treatment and therapeutic community 55 beds, looks like a dorm adolescents 6-8 month program school onsite, 10:1:1 class size, Full multimodal counseling. They have psychiatry and medication supported treatment (631) 231-3232

Daytop: Huntington Intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment adolescents and adults (631) 351-7112

Schneider Children’s Hospital – New Hyde Park- Various psychiatric and eating disorder treatment programs for children and adolescents (718) 470-3500

RenFrew Center
– New York City - Inpatient Eating Disorder treatment for adolescents and adults (212) 685-6856

St. Charles Hospital – Port Jefferson- Inpatient substance abuse program ages 19 and over (631) 474-6233 CW Post

Brentwood – Inpatient Alcohol treatment over age 18 (631) 434-7208

St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center – Saranac Lake – over 18. 90 day treatment (877) 813-8647

Sagamore Mobile Crisis Unit - onsite (either at home or school with parental presence) psychiatric evaluation for resistant, acute psychiatric adolescents under age 18. Peggy O’Grady Operating between the hours of 11 am and 7 pm. (631) 370-1701

Suffolk County Mobile Crisis Unit - for adults ages 18 or over. Emergency, on site psychiatric assessment in Suffolk County (631) 952-3333 M- F 10 – 6:30

Call the toll-free OASAS HOPEline at (877) 846-7369 to speak with a trained medical professional. HOPEline staff can answer your questions and help you find treatment 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All calls are confidential.

Partial Hospital Programs

Adolescent Partial Hospitalization John T. Mather Hospital (631) 473-3877 -  Designed to stabilize acute psychiatric symptoms. This program serves as an alternative to inpatient hospitalization or serves to decrease the length of stay needed in an inpatient facility. Adolescents participating in this form of treatment will receive educational services during treatment hours. The Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program provides Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, and Psycho-education / Topic Groups designed to improve the adolescent’s coping skills, interpersonal skills and increase their ability to manage their acute symptoms. The Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program hours are Monday-Friday from 12:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Domestic Violence Referrals

The Retreat - services include a 24/7 domestic violence crisis hotline, individual and group counseling, legal advocacy, a residential shelter for adults and children. Help for teens in abusive relationships

Domestic Violence Advocacy Domestic Violence Victims Advocates provide crisis intervention counseling, help petition for orders of protection, and accompany victims to court. Advocates act as liaison between the victim, the criminal justice system, and help individuals understand basic legal proceedings. Referrals are made to appropriate agencies for additional needs. For more information call (631) 702-2999.


Agencies for Outpatient Counseling

New Hope Rising Therapy & Wellness Center
64 Old Riverhead Road
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
[email protected]
(631) 336-9990
(631) 772-4688
Group Practice in Westhampton Beach offering a variety of mental health services

Mind-Body Wellness Long Island
Riverhead, NY 11901
Phone: (631) 838-7183 or (631) 257-7968
Email: [email protected]
Group Practice in Riverhead - Offering a variety of mental health services

Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program – Mather Hospital An intensive level of treatment for those requiring more than outpatient mental health services, who are able to maintain full-time schooling hours within their district. The Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program provides a variety of therapeutic services designed to stabilize the adolescent’s acute psychiatric symptoms, improve their coping skills and interpersonal skills. The Adolescent Program Intensive Outpatient Program hours are Monday - Friday from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Contact Outpatient Behavioral Health Services at (631) 473-3877.

Suffolk DBT – Dialectical Behavior Therapy – Setauket, Intensive Individual, Group and Family sessions for youth and adults who self-injure and/or have self-destructive thoughts and tendencies (631) 828-2264

North Fork Counseling Family Service League - Mattituck (631) 298-8642 Family, Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Riverhead Mental Health Clinic (631) 852-1440 Usually a long wait list

Family Service League – Riverhead (631) 369-0104 Family, Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Family Service League– Westhampton Beach (631) 288-1954 Family, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Agencies for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender issues (LGBT)

Heart and Soul Counseling Agency – West Babylon (631) 321-7011 – Mental Health agency for children, teens families and couples around issues of addiction, trauma, depression. They specializes in helping work through LGBT issues

Agencies for Outpatient Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment

Mather Hospital Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse: Contact the clinic at 631- 331-8200. Outpatient care includes individual and group counseling 1-3 sessions per week. Intensive outpatient care includes 3 hours of treatment per day for 3 days a week for approximately 6 weeks. After intensive care is completed the individual is stepped down to our outpatient level of care

Family Service League Riverhead – Teen outpatient Treatment program. This program involves education, group, individual and family treatment. 631-369- 0104

Catholic Charities – Age 18 and up outpatient substance abuse treatment Hampton Bays 631-723-3362

Maryhaven - out-pt. Drug and alcohol treatment for adolescents and their families. – Riverhead 631-727-0710 ext. 220 Large family component. John Corbett , contact person

Seafield Adolescent Treatment Program – 369-7800 Riverhead - Teens meet in groups and there is a large family component. 212 W Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901 (631) 369-7800

South Oaks Hospital Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services – Adolescents ages 13-18. Individual Evaluations, Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, Family Counseling. or (631) 608-5010

Virtual Al-Anon - Meetings****


Eating Disorder Treatment

- Janice Martin LCSW 680-7222, Port Jefferson. Empire and most insurance. Excellent with Eating Disorders
 -  Audrey Miller LCSW 631-369-8310 – Riverhead

- Leslie Lipton LCSW - Southampton NY (917) 809-7796 - specializes in teens and children with a focus on Trauma Informed Care and Eating Disorders

Eating Disorder Associates – Hauppauge, Private Practice/Individual Counseling, Nutritional Counseling and Meal Planning, EMDR, Hypnosis, Holistic Healing, Biofeedback, Family Counseling, Couples Counseling, Group Therapy, Support Groups, Community Outreach, Workshops for the Public and Professionals, Outpatient 111 Smithtown Bypass Hauppauge, NY Office: 631-724-7152 Email: [email protected]

Treatment Model: The Eating Disorder Associates offers comprehensive outpatient treatment services to individuals and families who suffer from eating disorders. They work from a team approach, utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT, EMDR, nutritional coaching /counseling, medical and psychological evaluation, testing /assessment and psychopharmacology. They address body image distortion, weight loss/gain due to medical conditions, bariatric surgery, metabolism/thyroid/hormonal issues, diabetes menopause and mental health/addiction issues.

John T. Mather Intensive Outpatient Adolescent/Adult Eating Disorder Treatment Program

Individual Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Medical Evaluation with Outside Medical Professionals, Day Treatment (Partial Hospitalization), Outpatient, Family Therapy, Couples Therapy, Group Therapy, Support Groups 208 Route 112, Port Jefferson Station, NY Office: 631-473-3877 ext. 4853 Website:

Center for Discovery – Inpatient Eating Disorder Treatment – East Quogue (855) 971-1986 Inpatient Treatment program for teens ages 10-19 and adults 18 and over for Eating Disorders and Behavioral treatment

The Alliance for Eating Disorders Comprehensive provider directory

Ann Silver Nutritionist 631-324-1953, she is in Aquebogue on Tuesdays, Easthampton other days, specializing in eating disorder

SBUH Adolescent Pediatrics- Allison Elisco ( very good with eating disorder) 37 research Way, East Setauket,NY 631-444-4660

Eating disorder: Clementine in Briarcliff Manor for Adolescents (Monte Nido Affiliates)

Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program - 
Suffolk County 631- 852-4857 or E-mail [email protected]. This is a free program for youth involved in fire-setting Provided at no cost to the family. Offers evaluation of children involved in fire-setting or fire play. Offers fire safety and prevention education to children and their families. Offers Counseling services.

Equip Eating Disorder Treatment - Virtual, comprehensive team treatment for patients ages 6 - 24 with an online parent screening tool.


Private Therapists – (Insurance and Private Pay)

Sal Rosato LMHC
South Shore Psychological Care, P.C.
2233 Nesconset Highway
Suite 201
Lake Grove, NY 11755-1000

Virtual Sessions available: (631) 786-8050 or [email protected]

Leslie Lipton LCSW - Southampton NY (917) 809-7796 - specializes in teens and children with a focus on Trauma Informed Care and Eating Disorders

August Thilberg, MA , LMHC [email protected] (631) 492-7495 specializes in children, adolescents and teens experiencing anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, parental divorce or separation, and educational struggles.

Krista Metrinko LCSW - East Moriches phone (631) 885-0668 - e-mail = [email protected] specializing in treatment for trauma, anxiety , depression. Certified in EMDR. Individual and Group counseling available

Sonia Morlani LCSW
Hampton Bays, 631-740-7022 Hampton Atrium Building E suite 7

Alissa Norton LCSW
Mattituck mental health and wellness EMDR 1-516-523-7072  

Cindy Rosetto LCSW
Southold and Southampton 415-639-9885 specializes in children, adults, PTSD, couples, parenting

Viola Quintero LCSW
11700 Main Road Suite 4 Mattituck, New York 11952 (631) 850-3702 Mattituck Mental health and wellness. Works with clients 18 and over.

Mary Kathleen Martin Nurse Practitioner
Group practice with various LCSW’s Mattituck (631) 624-7839

East End Mental Health – Hampton bays –631-495-3300- Private practice group , Catherine Poulos CNP, Paula Evans LMSW

East End Psychological Services (631) 821-7214 Dr. Joseph Volpe is a professional psychological group practice. The Executive Director, Joseph S. Volpe, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist. Offices in Commack and Miller Place, EEPS offers comprehensive psychological testing, as well as individual, family, marital and couples psychotherapy.

Suffolk DBT – Dialectical Behavior Therapy – Setauket, Intensive Individual, Group and Family sessions for youth and adults who self-injure and/or have self-destructive thoughts and tendencies 631-328-5930

John Klinedienst PhD – Riverhead 631-727-1563

Jamie Nauheim PhD – Riverhead 631-727-8270

Wayne Gurnick LCSW-R - Center Moriches (631) 603-7902, Excellent resource for teens and families. Weekend hours, takes most insurance, reasonable fee. Works with mood disorders, Oppositional defiant, drugs alcohol, ADD/ADHD, Autistic Spectrum, etc. NYSHIP provider

Jaclyn Walsh LCSW-R Riverhead, cell 631-335-2971 This therapist works during the day as a Special Ed teacher. She is very knowledgeable of children and teens and accepts most insurances. She is good with substance abuse and difficult teens

Jeanine M. Warns LCSW CASAC Southold – 631-965-7750 Mental Health, Substance Abuse. Great with Teens. Sliding Scale no insurance.

Laura Ruhl M.Ed, LCSW Moriches Bay Counseling and Educational Services East Moriches, great with LGBTQ issues and gender identity No Insurance 631-801-2866

Karine Masone LCSW 631-226-0248 Riverhead, Teens, Anxiety

Abby Leefer LCSW 631-928-9808 Port Jefferson. Empire and most insurance. Great with teens

Chris Halucha LCSW-R – Hampton Bays 631-276-5147 Empire Accepts most insurances

Sherri Halucha LFMT – Hampton Bays 631-276-5271 Family therapist works with teens

Andrew Abrams RCSW - Riverhead 631-727-6056 or 631-619-7394 Island Group & other ins.

Joseph Cowley Jr. LCSW-R Southold accepts most ins./ Island Group 631-880-0703

Peter Wigg PhD. Riverhead 631-365-5241 Excellent with spectrum disorders

Audrey Miller LCSW– Riverhead 631-369-8319

Jennifer Ketner PHd, 631-403-6028 Westhampton Beach – anxiety, depression, teens ages 14-19

Psychiatrists/Nurse Practitioners/Medication Management

Catherine Poulos Nurse Practitioner Hampton Bays 631-495-3300

Mary Kathleen Martin Nurse Practitioner Mattituck 631-624-7839

Dr. Eric Bartky MD Southampton (973) 533-1195

Dr. Douglas Hovercamp MD Greenport 631-477-1000

Dr. Matthew Lorber MD Manhattan (212) 434-3365 (516) -673-1311 specializes in diagnosis and treatment of developmental, behavioral, emotional and mental health disorders in children and adolescents.

Dr. Lea DeFrancisci Address: 46 Main St, Southampton, NY 11968 Phone:(631) 204-6984

Dr. Portifka, MD (Lic. in Child Psych) (631) 632-3754 Stony Brook University and takes many insurance plans

Donna Donohue, MD in Port Jeff (Gen. Psych.) (631) 928-3122

Dr. Marie Supris – Psychiatry Riverhead- 631- 284-3994 Baiting Hollow 631-467-0867 Nesconset no insurance. Has been described as costly.

Christina Suozzo - nurse practitioner Patchogue – 631-240-4260

Dr. Stephen Gardner – Psychiatrist Southampton (631) 287-1566

North Fork Counseling (631) 298-8642

Family Service League 631-288-1954

Riverhead Mental Health Clinic – 631-852-1440
Self-Help/Support Groups

Mothers Against Eating Disorders – Facebook Page

Family Court Attorneys

Catherine DeSanto – (631) 369-6240

Crisis Hotlines

  • AIDS Hotline (800) 541-AIDS
  • Child Abuse Hotline (800) 342-3720
  • Mandated reporters (800) 635-1522
  • Mental Health Hotline (631) 952-3333
  • RESPONSE 24 hr Crisis referral hotline (631) 751-7500
  • National Runaway Hotline 1-(800) 999-9999