Children and youth in ACS care are entitled to the best possible care to remain healthy and well. Every effort is made to help children and youth thrive physically, mentally and emotionally.
While in foster care, you will receive preventive, screening, diagnostic, and treatment services necessary to keep you healthy and well.
Youth who age out of care at 18 can receive health coverage up to age 26. Talk to your case worker to learn more about health care that is available to you.
These health programs can help meet your special medical needs and improve your health and well–being.
Bridges to Health (B2H) is a New York State program that provides medical services to meet the needs of children and youth in ACS care who are:
B2H services are available in your own community and complement other types of medical services provided through other programs. The number of “slots” statewide is limited, applications are accepted on a first–come, first–serve basis, and you may be placed on a waiting list.
Your foster care agency is responsible for coordinating any B2H services. Contact your agency Case Planner to sign up.
Download B2H brochure
Your agency can help you connect to services for transgendered and nonconforming youth. Read the TGNC guide
Health care coverage is essential to a successful transition to living on your own. Unexpected health care costs can have harmful health and financial consequences if you do not have health coverage.
Youth who age out of care between 18 and 21 years old can receive Medicaid health insurance up to age 26, no matter how much income they earn. Talk to your case worker to learn more about health care that is available to you. Call the Human Resources Administration (HRA) Helpline at 1-888-692-6116 for more information or visit a Medicaid Office to apply for Medicaid.
If for any reason, there is a lapse in your health care coverage, you can still receive quality low cost medical and dental care at city hospitals and dental schools that are affiliated with our teaching hospitals.
Health care is available from your school health center or local hospitals and community health centers:
Your social worker is required to provide you with a copy of your medical records when you leave care. The medical records should contain information about all medical care you received while in ACS care.
Make sure the records include:
For more information on health and wellness in NYC, go to NYC.gov
If you are expecting or already have a child, here are some resources for you and your child:
The ACS Teen Specialist Unit (TSU) works with your foster care agency to:
TSU programs are designed to promote well–being for the parenting youth and child:
Ask your caseworker about signing up a TSU program.
To contact TSU: Call (212) 676-6001.
All information on the websites below is for informational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment, speak to a health professional.