Association to Benefit Children/Fast Break Mobile Mental Health Clinic
Association to Benefit Children (ABC) is dedicated to bringing joy and warmth to disadvantaged children and their families through compassionate, sustainable, comprehensive and integrated services, designed to permanently break the cycles of abuse, neglect, sickness and homelessness.
ABC’s humane and innovative programs include early childhood education, health care services, housing assistance, mental health services, family preservation, crisis intervention, recreational services, job training and employment assistance, therapeutic after school and summer day camp programs, mentoring and legal advocacy.
Children are the first and most deeply affected by homelessness, loss, violence and disaster and are the family members least able to withstand the emotional battering of poverty. ABC established New York City's first mobile mental health crisis and disaster team for children in 1994.
This mobile mental health clinic serves children who have not had access to traditional psychotherapeutic services. Fast Break, headquartered at Echo Park, helps children and families cope with severe emotional pain.