Youth Community & Family Services

Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC)

Assists eligible persons with developmental disabilities in gaining access to necessary supports and services appropriate to their needs.

Plan of Care Support Services (PCSS)

Coordinators assist Medicaid Home & Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver enrollees who have opted out of traditional MSC to stay enrolled by maintaining their individualized service plans and current level of care eligibility.

Care At Home Case Management (CAH)

An intensive case management service that assists eligible children under age 18 to remain at home with their families by coordinating medical care, support and protective oversight.

Family Reimbursement

Assists families with costs above the typical expenses incurred by their family member’s developmental disability that are not funded by Medicaid.

Assistive Support / Environmental Modifications, Assistive Technology

Provides aids, controls, appliances, or supplies that enable people to increase or maintain their ability to live at home and in the community with independence and safety.

Environmental Modifications (E-Mods)

Provides physical adaptations to the home that can increase or maintain an individual’s ability to live at home with independence (such as ramps, lifts, hand rails, and roll-in showers).

Mobile Crisis Services

FREE’s trained counselors provide crisis intervention 24/7 to Long Island residents facing challenging behaviors in their home that require immediate response.

Nassau Enhanced Mobile Crisis

Enhanced crisis intervention with treatment team of a behavior intervention specialist, social worker and registered nurse to assist with behavioral/medical needs as well as provide caregiver training, referrals and behavior support.

After-School, Saturday and Specialty Respite Programs

FREE after-school respite is an integrated model that offers typical and developmentally disabled school-aged children and adults opportunities for recreation and socialization while receiving support and supervision from trained staff. In most cases, school children can be transported by bus from their schools to programs in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Therapeutic Recreation

FREE contracts with Suffolk County school districts to provide therapeutic recreation for students at FREE locations in East Setauket. We provide a variety of structured recreation and socialization activities to children with disabilities and autism. Services are overseen by certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists who work alongside school districts and participate in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process.

School Vacation Respite

During school vacation weeks, we provide respite on site in our Bethpage location. Participants enjoy a variety of community recreational outings. FREE also operates specialty, weekend and evening respite programs in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, which offer socialization and recreational activities for individuals with developmental disabilities. The programs also specialize in working with children and adults who have autism.

Overnight Free Standing Respite Services

Individuals stay at our respite home for brief periods to enjoy socialization, recreation, and respite from their routines, allowing their families a break from their daily activities.

In Home Crisis Respite Services

Trained staff visit the homes of individuals receiving services to provide opportunities for recreation and socialization.

Intensive Behavioral Services (IBS)

A Behavior Intervention Specialist provides a functional behavior assessment and a behavior support plan, plus up to 25 hours of additional training and support for individuals and caregivers.

Stop the Bounce

Stop the Bounce is a new movement with the goal of increasing adoptions of foster care youth into loving forever homes. Inspired by a book by FREE President Dr. Christopher Long, Stop The Bounce provides a “how-to” for prospective adoptive parents, as well as support via panel discussions, webinar parent training and more.


The Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE III) Program identifies young adults who have been exposed to, or participated in gun violence in the Wyandanch, Huntington Station and North Amityville communities. They are assessed for areas of need and connected to appropriate services such medical insurance, housing, education, career training and other services, and are encouraged to join the Council of Thought and Action, a national community based peer-support movement.