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Emergency: Dial 911

Mental Health Crisis involving youth? Dial 2-1-1 for crisis intervention/ Emergency Mobile Respsonse (EMPS)

Other Important Crisis Resources:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (adults and children) (800) 273-8255

Kids in Crisis 24 hour helpline: 203-661-1911  (KIC is based in Stamford CT)

Crisis Text Line: Text CONNECT to 741741

Trevor Project: Crisis intervention services for  LGBTQ youth  24/7 Crisis phone line and Mon-Fri 3-10 EST youth can text START to 678678 for support

Find substance use treatment information  24/7  in CT:  (800) 563-4086 (DMHAS)

 REGIONAL CRISIS line for adult mental health crisis: (800) 586-9903


For mental health insurance help: here is a good informational article, How to Make Your Insurance Work For Youwritten by a local therapist. "The Healthcare Advocate is a free, appeal service under the office of Attorney General's office that helps families appeal and win rejections of legal healthcare claims. We recommend them all the time and our families always receive help. Their contact is: www.ct.gov/oha/site/default.asp"

HERE is a list of the MANY support groups in the region for parents (or any person) concerned about a loved one's substance use or addiction.

Counseling Services

Kids in Crisis Stamford

YOUTH HOTLINE: (203) 661-1911
(203) 327-KIDS 

Primary Treatment Areas: Emergency Shelter, Crisis Counseling
Services Offered:
Crisis and Intervention Counseling and Services
Short Term Counseling
Emergency Teen Shelter
Long Term Counseling

Family and Children’s Agency
(203) 855-8765 (Norwalk)

Primary Treatment Areas: Behavioral Health, Youth Development, Adoption Services
Services Offered:
            Individual and Group therapy for Children and Adults
            Family Therapy
            Medication Management
            PEP/K.I.D.S. First: Mandated State programs for divorcing parents
            Intensive In-home Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS):  works with families to help keep emotionally disturbed children and adolescents at home and out of residential

Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance
Sliding scale offered
(203) 299-1315 (Norwalk)

Primary Treatment Areas: Children’s Behavioral, Emotional and Psychiatric Difficulties
Services Offered:
            Assessment and Evaluation
            Outpatient Treatment
Individual Counseling
Family Counseling
Play Therapy
In-Home Services
Psychiatric Evaluation
Case Management
Specialized Treatment Programs


Positive Directions—The Center for Prevention and Recovery
(203) 227-7644

Sliding scale offered
Primary Areas: Individual and Family Counseling, substance Abuse, Problem Gambling
Services offered:
Prevention Programs,
Individual and Family Counseling,
Adolescent Evaluation Programs
Intervention Services

Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education, Stamford (203) 348-9346  Counseling and support services for victims of sexual assault. (They also offer community education)


Koslow Center for Marriage and Family Therapy @Fairfield University, Fairfield.  (203) 254-4000 ext. 2306 Therapeutic services to individuals, couples and families.
Triangle Community Center
(203) 853-0600
Primary Treatment Area: LGBT Issues
Services Offered:
 Support Groups for LGBT Teens:
 Outspoken: support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
Support Groups for Parents and Families:
PFLAG (Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays): Support for parents and
families of LBGT youth 

Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education, Stamford (203) 348-9346  Counseling and support services for victims of sexual assault.They also offer community education.

Domestic Violence Crisis Center
(203) 853-0418 (Norwalk)

Primary Treatment Area: Domestic Violence
Services Offered:
            Individual Counseling (Bilingual)
            Support Groups
            Crisis Intervention
            Legal Services
            Short-term Shelter (SafeHouses)
Medical Advocacy
Prevention Education to the Community



Turning Point CT  Mental health support, information, resources, and advocacy for CT teens and young adults

Support Groups for parents concerned about teen or adult child's substance use:  WYS parenting resource tab

NAMI CT: Support groups for family and friends of people with mental health problems and people with mental illness: "NAMI Connecticut provides more than 40 FREE, confidential support groups across the state that are peer-led.  They are facilitated by people who have experienced what you have/are experiencing." Find one that works for you.

Hospitals with Psychiatric Services Available to Children and Adolescents

Silver Hill Hospital
1-866-542-4455 (New Canaan)
Adolescent Program ages 13 to 17
            Inpatient Treatment
            Transitional Living
            Family Support Services

Yale New Haven Hospital
(203) 688-4242 (Children)
(203) 688-9907 (Psychiatric) (New Haven)

            Child and Adolescent In-Patient Programs
            Child Partial Hospitalization Program
Child Recreational Therapy
Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program
Individual and Family Crisis Intervention and Counseling
Medication Management
Structured Group Therapy
Discharge and Transitional Planning