Shana’s Story

I have been challenged with addiction for 10 years, and have been in and out of outpatient treatment and detox several times – but I would always relapse.

When I arrived at Morning Star, I was at the lowest point in my life. Things were spiraling out of control. My four children had been taken from me and placed in foster care with a family member. And then I learned that I was 5 months pregnant.

I arrived with the worst attitude in the world. I was just so angry all the time. But at Morning Star, I started to reflect and gain clarity. I realized that I was hurt and angry with myself. And that’s when the healing began. Everything had been a fight up to that point. But I had nowhere to run – I had to face my problems.

Morning Star helped save my life. They never gave up on me.

Every interaction with my counselor and every staff member helped prepare me to re-enter the world clean and ready to thrive.

I attended treatment 5 days a week, attended a medical assistant program, and became certified in a workforce development program for nontraditional roles for women. And I learned that I am worth it! From now on, I show up, set up, and remain teachable.

When my baby, Liliana, was born, I can’t express how much the onsite child care at Morning Star II helped in my recovery. It made it possible for me to go to treatment, attend school, and focus on me. The structure kept me accountable for being a parent and prepared e for the real world.

I knew I was finally on a path to a better life when I left Morning Star. The court saw the improvements in me, too, and my children came back home to me. I never thought that would happen. Today, thanks to Morning Star, I have a home and my family lives under one roof.

I still visit the program to let them know of my progress. My goal is to be fully self-supported. I know there will be obstacles ahead of me. But I am prepared to take it one day at a time.

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High Fidelity Wraparound

High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) provides services for youth ages 12-21 with high acuity, complex mental health needs and their families. HFW is a youth-guided, family-driven planning process that uses an evidence-based model of care coordination to improve outcomes while giving families a greater voice in decision-making. The HFW team partners with the child and family to develop intensive, individualized plans and care coordination, enabling the child to remain at home or in the community.

We get to know YOU – your strengths and needs; who you are as a family and what’s most important to you.

We create a team together that meets monthly, where you are supported to take the lead in developing a plan to reach your goals.

We’ll work closely with you and your team to learn what works best for you and your family. We will support you to recognize your progress and make changes where needed.

We’ll celebrate your success along the way and support you to discover your power to face and overcome any challenges you may meet after Wraparound.

To learn more about Wraparound services and how they can help your child and family, check out this video.

Who Can Benefit from this Program?
Families living in Brooklyn or Queens with youth ages 12-21 with high acuity, complex mental health needs.

How to Access this Program
Families may apply through the NYC Mental Health Services: Children’s Single Point of Access (CSPOA) (Write “High Fidelity Wraparoud” at the top of the application.)

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