This article details my journey directing two Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s programs: children’s mobile crisis team and a family support service, in the poverty and crime-ridden Mott Haven section of the South Bronx. Both services were funded by a special federal grant that allowed a great deal of innovation. Three other services were funded by the same grant. The F.R.I.E.N.D.S mission was to keep children out of psychiatric hospitals. I am proud of what my staff was able to do, sad that when the grant ended, services eventually returned to the more traditional child psychiatric treatment approach of at-risk children.
Apologies some of the illustrations are messed up. It will take a bit of time to straighten them out. Will do when I can.
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