The SIMHS is a private, not-for-profit children's mental health services agency that has been serving Staten Island children with special needs and their families since 1895. Our goal is to help these children and their families improve the quality of their lives.

Last year, our 300 professional and support staff provided assistance to more than 6,800 individuals who participated in more than 20 programs at locations throughout the borough. In addition, our more than 500 volunteers contributed 50,000 hours of service.


SIMHS Chief Clinical Officer Receives Social Work Award

Elizabeth (Libby) Traynor, SIMHS’s Chief Clinical Officer and Senior Vice President for Behavioral Health Services received the 8th Annual Mid-Career Exemplary Social Work Leader Award from the New York Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) on December 4. Ms. Traynor was honored for her “visionary and exemplary work, dedication and unique commitment to the social […]

Two Staffers Receive Service Awards

Karen Sorensen and Doreen Tartaglia received 2014 Community Service Awards from the Staten Island Not-for-Profit Association last month. The awards honor staff members who are often “unsung heroes” at the organizations where they work. Ms. Sorensen, whose official title is Payroll Coordinator, recently began sharing her flair for fundraising in a complementary role as an event planner. “Karen […]

Borough President To Receive Silberstein Award

Borough President James S. Oddo will be honored for his service to Staten Island children and families with the Society’s 2014 Dr. Richard M. Silberstein Memorial Award. The award will be presented to Borough President Oddo on Friday, December 12, at SIMHS headquarters. “Borough President Oddo is a champion for health and wellness on our […]


“After 43 years of hard work and dedication, it’s time to take a permanent vacation!” was the refrain at our recent retirement party for Beryl S. Clark, MS, vice president for Early Childhood Services. At the surprise gala at the Cuckoo’s Nest in St. George, a crowd of Ms. Clark’s co-workers, former co-workers, agency staff, […]

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Head Start

The SIMHS’s four full-service Head Start Centers serve more than 300 children (at any one time) between the ages of 3 and 5 each year.

In Response to Sandy

Sandy Related Programs

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, SIMHS mobilized to assist not only our clients but others throughout the area who were affected by the storm.

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