Bridges to Health (B2H)
Bridges to Health (B2H) is a program that offers 14 different services from which a plan is created based on the child and family’s needs and is provided primarily in home or community settings. Services begin while your child is in foster care and can continue after your child leaves care.
B2H helps children with serious emotional problems, developmental disabilities and aims to maintain stability to reach the child’s permanency goal, whether that is at home with their parent, foster parent, or group home, adoption etc. B2H’s goal is to prevent placement at a higher level of care such as but not limited to Hospitalization, Residential Treatment Center (RTC), or Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) placement.
Who is Eligible?
If the child meets the following criteria, speak with a Case Planner/Case Manager or OCFS staff about how to enroll.
- Is in the custody of the Commissioner of the Local Department of Social Services (LDSS), Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), or Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)?
- Has a diagnosis and meets the criteria for one of the following Waiver Types
- Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED)
- Developmentally Disabled (DD)
- Medically Fragile (MedF)
- Is at risk of requiring a higher level of care such as a Hospital, or Institutional care where being enrolled in the program would be beneficial by maintaining them at their current level of care with the assistance of the B2H program.
- At this time B2H of Little Flower serves only those residing in Nassau or Suffolk County. However, if the child meets all criteria they can choose to work with any other B2H program servicing their area.