South Orangetown Central School District

Community Resources

This list of local programs and services is maintained by the district’s social workers as a resource for families. Please note that neither the organizations nor their websites are managed or monitored by the South Orangetown Central School District. To submit updated program information or to share a resource not listed, please email School Social Workers Jessenia Cursio ( and Jessica Inglis ( and/or Family Engagement Center Coordinator AJ Walker (

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Counseling & Mental Health
Food Pantries
Non-English Speakers
Social Services
Substance Use


If you believe that you or your child is in crisis and needs immediate assistance, call 911.

Behavioral Health Response Team
24-Hour Hotline: (845) 517-0400
24/7 mental health outreach services offered through Rockland Paramedic Services.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
24-Hour Hotline: 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)

The Trevor Project for LGBTQ Youth
24-Hour Hotline:  1 (866) 588-7386

Veterans Crisis Line
24-Hour Support: 1 (800) 273-8255 and press 1, chat online or send a text message to 838255. Confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for veterans and their loved ones.

Center for Safety & Change
9 Johnsons Lane, New City, New York 10956
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (845) 634-3344
(845) 634-3391 |
Provides support services, including emergency shelter, for women and children impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. Satellite offices at St. Thomas Aquinas College and Dominican College.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland County
65 North Main Street, New City, New York 10956
(845) 634-2199 |
Big Brother and Big Sister volunteers provide 1:1 mentoring for local youth.

CANDLE Center at Tappan Zee High School
CANDLE Prevention Educators Brooke Fischer and Ron Garzia
Drop-in hours, Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00–5:00PM
Founded in 1982, CANDLE provides prevention education and resistance strategies to youth and their adult allies, and support programs for young people at risk. The CANDLE Center is available for students to come by and talk about any life situation that is impacting their lives or they can escape to a quiet place during lunch.

Center for Applied Psychology at Bikur Cholim
25 Robert Pitt Drive, Suite 101, Monsey, NY 10952
(845) 425-5252

Frawley Mental Health Outpatient Clinic at Good Samaritan Hospital
3 Campbell Avenue, Suffern, NY 10901
(845) 368-5222

Hearts and Crafts Grief Counseling
330B Broadway, Hillsdale, NJ 07642
(201) 818-9399 |
Offers individual, group and family counseling for children, teens and adults. Specializes in working with families dealing with serious illness.

Hudson Valley Center for Cognitive Therapy
421 North Highland Avenue, Upper Nyack, NY 10960
(845) 353-3399 |
Provides individual, couple and family therapy, psychological testing and provider education.

Mental Health Association of Rockland County
Kathy Abramson, Family Peer Advocate Supervisor
(845) 267-2172 x278 | |
Offers support groups and services for teens and parents.

Mental Health Association (MHA) of Westchester
BOCES Educational Resource Center (BERC) Office: 131 North Midland Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960
(914) 345-0700 x7350 |
Provides advocacy, community education and direct care services.

New Fronteras
Edwardo J. Rodriguez, PhD, LMHC, Executive Director
PO Box 322, Nanuet, NY 10954
(845) 675-7596 |
Provides counseling, psychotherapy and behavioral consulting services. Bilingual counselors available.

NAMI of Rockland
Rockland Psychiatric Center, 140 Old Orangeburg Road, Orangeburg, NY 10962
Helpline: (845) 359-8787 |
Offers parent support groups, mental health education and family peer support.

Partnership for Safe Youth
BOCES Educational Resource Center (BERC)
131 N. Midland Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960
(845) 405-4180 |
Provides a continuum of behavioral health, social services and educational support to Rockland County children and teenagers who are struggling academically, socially and emotionally. An interdisciplinary team of highly-trained, multilingual experts from the Rockland County Department of Mental Health, the Rockland County Department of Social Services, the Rockland County Department of Probation, the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office and Rockland BOCES works closely with the youth, the family, the school district and existing providers to address their unique – and, often unmet – needs.

United Hospice of Rockland Hope & Healing Center
11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956
(845) 634-4974 |
In addition to individual and group support, UHR’s Healing Hearts Program offers support for families with children, ages 4-18, who have lost a loved one.

Volunteer Counseling Services, Inc. (VCS, Inc.)
77 South Main Street, New City, New York 10956
(845) 634-5729 | (845) 842-9117 (youth program) |
VCS, Inc. provides counseling services to adults and children ages 12 and up in its General Counseling Program, and mental health treatment and psychiatric services to adults and children ages 10 and up in its Mental Health Clinic. This is a multilingual agency with services provided in Spanish and other languages, including Creole.


People to People, Inc.
121 West Nyack Road, Nanuet, NY 10954
(845) 623-4900 |
Rockland County’s largest food pantry working to help struggling Rocklanders through difficult times with dignity. People to People also has a clothing pantry and runs back-to-school and holiday gift programs.


Rockland County Department of Health 
Robert L. Yeager Health Center, Building A, 2nd floor Rotunda area, Pomona, NY 10970
Appointments: (845) 364-2497 or (845) 364-2520 |
Runs immunization and medical clinics for children ages 5-18 and adults, including those who are uninsured, underinsured or on Medicaid.

Starting in the 2019-2020 school year in New York State, any non-medical reason to not get all vaccinations, is no longer accepted. Religious exemptions are no longer allowed. This new law requires all students in public, private, and religious schools from daycare through grade 12 to be immunized. For more information about the NYS exemption, and what your child needs to attend class, visit:


One 2 One Learning 
Sister Cecilia
640 North Midland Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960
(845) 512-8176 |
Classes provided: English, Pre-GED, GED, citizenship and computer literacy. Additional services include: Transportation to class, immigration counseling, including help with getting a job permit, job placement, information on housing and fair housing practices and linkage to social services.

Westcop at Rockland Community Action Program
17 West Broad Street
Haverstraw, NY 10927
(845) 553-9118 |
Services include: bilingual advocacy and translation (English/Spanish), benefits assistance (immigrants, veterans and general), referrals, assistance with applications for food stamps and Medicaid, and immigrant rights counseling.

Catholic Community Services of Rockland
78 Hudson Avenue, Haverstraw, NY 10927
(845) 942-5791 | |
Offers legal services for individuals in need of assistance with immigration status.

Catholic Charities New York State New Americans Hotline
1 (212) 419-3737 or 1 (800) 566-7636 (Toll-free)
Weedays 9am-8pm, closed holidays
Catholic Charities operates the New York State New Americans Hotline, a statewide information and referral hotline that gives general information and referrals to appropriate service agencies in response to immigration and citizenship-related questions. For general questions, call the Catholic Charities Information Hotline toll-free at 1 (888) 744-7900.

Rockland BOCES Adult Education
BOCES Educational Resource Center
131 N. Midland Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960
(845) 348-3500 x3500 |
Rockland BOCES offers English as a Second Language (ESOL), High School Equivalency (TASC) and career training courses. ESOL classes are held in Nyack, Spring Valley, Haverstraw and Suffern and offered during the day, evening and on weekends.


Hudson Valley Region 2-1-1
Dial 211 |
United Way’s 2-1-1 Helpline is a free, confidential, multilingual service to assist the public in finding the answers to a variety of Health and Human Services related questions. It is open 365 days a year and serves Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester and Putnam counties.

Rockland County Department of Social Services (DSS)
50 Sanatorium Road Bldg L, Pomona, NY 10970
(845) 364-3100 |
DSS offers a wide range of eligibility programs and services to families and individuals to assist them in meeting their basic needs for food, shelter and medical care.

WIC: Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants and Children
Main: (845) 364-2577 |
Nyack WIC Center: 58 DePew Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960, (845) 353-6037 (open Mondays)
WIC is a federal program for participants who qualify based on financial and medical or nutritional need. This program serves women who are pregnant, mothers of babies up to six months old, breastfeeding mothers of children up to 12 months old, and children under the age of five. Checks are issued to purchase supplemental nutritious foods, such as milk, cheese, eggs, cereal, juice, fruits, and vegetables. Fruit and vegetable checks are also accepted at some local farmers’ markets. Breastfeeding education and support is provided by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. Registered dietitians, nutritionists and breastfeeding peer counselors are also on staff. WIC sites in Rockland are located in Spring Valley, Monsey, New Square, Haverstraw, and Nyack.


New York Hope Line
1 (877) 846-7369 |
Find help for alcoholism, drug abuse and problem gambling.

Lexington Center for Recovery
100 Route 59, Airmont, NY 10952
(845) 369-9701 |
Services for individuals over the age of 18 only.

High Focus Centers
(877) 960-0197 |
Adolescent and adult treatment for substance abuse and psychiatric disorders.

Rockland Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence (RCADD)
25 Smith Street, Suite 101, Nanuet, New York 10954
(845) 215-9788 |

Samaritan Daytop Village
Rockland Outpatient Treatment Program
620 Route 303, Blauvelt, NY 10913
(845) 353-2730 |
Samaritan Daytop Village offers an array of outpatient and residential substance use treatment programs across the New York metro area.