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The mission of CN Guidance & Counseling Services, Inc. is to provide clinical treatment, rehabilitation, housing opportunities, social and support services, counseling and guidance to individuals, families and the community affected by mental illness, developmental disabilities, psychological difficulties, addiction and/or dependency problems.
CN (Central Nassau) Guidance and Counseling Services has grown substantially since its inception. Our evolution has been shaped largely by the emerging needs of consumers as they move along the process of recovery.
Some brief highlights of our history include:
CN Guidance opens as a single outpatient mental health clinic in 1972.
The Pretty New Thrift Shop begins operation later that year.
Outpatient substance abuse treatment program added in 1973.
First housing developed in 1989.
Barbara Bartell, LCSW, named as Chief Executive Officer in 1992.
Permanent supported housing for clients begins in 1992.
Apartment Treatment program offered in 1992 as a transitional housing model.
CN Guidance takes over Connections Clubhouse in 1993 from a group of family members associated with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
The Continuing Day Treatment Program, The Haven, opens in 1995 to serve consumers as they work through a range of both mental health and substance abuse issues.
HUD Shelter Plus Care program to serve formerly homeless, mentally ill individuals, started in 1997.
Five adjacent townhouses purchased in 2001, launching a new model for consumers who no longer need the intensive supports of a community residence but still aren’t ready for regular supported housing.
The Starry Night Café, an outgrowth of the Connections Clubhouse, begins operation in 2001 as a consumer-run business catering to individuals with disabilities.
15-bed MICA Recovery Residential Program (MRP), located on the grounds of Pilgrim State Hospital, opens in 2003 to provide specialized services for mentally ill clients facing particularly difficult substance use problems.
Blended Case Management program is launched in 2003 to provide care coordination and community-based support services.
CN Guidance takes over a specialized mental health service program for the deaf and hearing impaired from Nassau County in 2003.
The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team, a mobile, multi-disciplinary mental health treatment team, is launched in 2006.
The Congregate Treatment program better serves Suffolk County residents with the opening of the Ronkonkoma residence in 2007.
Pathways to Recovery opens on the grounds of Pilgrim State Hospital in 2010.
Roads to Recovery opens in Hicksville after the merging of Connection Clubhouse and The Haven in 2010. Pathways to Recovery and Roads to Recovery together embody the CN Guidance “Personal Recovery-Oriented Services – PROS – program
The CN Guidance Community Program, a NYS OASAS licensed clinic, provides more than 8,000 units of outpatient addiction recovery service to 731 clients in 2012
ACT Team provides 4,802 units of service to 83 individuals, achieving a 50% reduction in avoidable emergency room visits in 2012
CN Guidance responds to Hurricane Sandy swiftly, with its FEMA and NYSOMH-supported Project Hope, serving hundreds of residents in Hicksville, Wantagh, Bethpage, Valley Stream, and Bellmore in 2012 (through currently)
Jeffrey Friedman joins CN Guidance team as CEO in 2013
CN Guidance gains government funding to provide integrated healthcare (behavioral/medical) to local individuals age 55 and over for a 3-year project.