Fast Break Mobile Mental Health Clinic

Children are the first and most deeply traumatized by homelessness, loss, violence, and disaster. But when they receive appropriate therapeutic intervention early in their development, they are much more likely experience success later in life.

ABC’s Fast Break — New York City’s first mobile mental health crisis and disaster clinic for children — has been extending mental health services to children living in poverty for the past 20 years. Fast Break is currently implementing two models for crisis intervention for all of Manhattan: ABC’s Children's Mobile Crisis Team, which strives to keep children out of emergency rooms and costly and restrictive institutions, and; the ABC School-Based Response Team, which conducts crisis intervention and capacity-building training for school faculty and families in five New York City middle schools in the East Village, Chinatown, West Harlem, and on the Upper West Side. These models will serve as a guide to responding to children and adolescents at their most vulnerable moments while also providing a framework to better address their ongoing emotional needs before crises arise.

Led by a highly-skilled, Board-certified Child Psychiatrist and informed by current research in the field as well as best practices in mental health treatment for children of all ages (birth through adolescence), ABC’s Fast Break also provides a full range of mental health services from assessments to an array of therapeutic modalities including family therapy, individual psychotherapy, play therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and group therapy. ABC’s Early Recognition and Screening Initiative, brings vital screening and psycho-education to parents and teachers through partnerships with child care centers, schools, after school programs, summer camps, neonatal and pediatric clinics, primary care physicians, and health fairs. By incorporating mental health awareness into routine health checkups, thereby removing the stigma of mental health care, Fast Break is often able to intervene and provide consultation before emotional and behavioral vulnerabilities become problems. Another of its initiatives, Families Lead Our Way (FLOW), supports parents of children with special challenges, including autism. 

If you are a New York City resident with psychiatric treatment needs, please call 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355), a free and confidential 24/7 hotline staffed by trained mental health professionals.

To make a referral to any of ABC’s Fast Break services, please see the locations and numbers below. ABC accepts most Medicaid insurance plans for its clinic-based services, while its crisis team remains free to children and families living in Manhattan.

ABC Fast Break 115
158 E 115th Street (& Lexington Avenue)
Referral line: 646-459-6174

ABC Fast Break—The Bronx (Highbridge)
1366 Inwood Avenue (& E. 170th St)
Referral line: 929-288-4320

ABC Fast Break
1841 Park Avenue (& E. 126th St)
Referral line: 646-459-6165

ABC Children’s Mobile Crisis Team (Manhattan only)
Referral line: 1-888-NYC-WELL