Project Hope Crisis Counseling Program
What is Project Hope?
The New York State Office of Mental Health has created the Project Hope Crisis Counseling Program to assist individuals, families, and groups impacted by the disaster caused by Hurricane Sandy. Project Hope offers free and confidential supportive counseling and public education services. Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and administered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Project Hope is a program of the New York State Office of Mental Health.
What services does Project Hope provide?
Project Hope provides one-to-one or group counseling services wherever you wish to have them: in your home, place of work, community centers, schools or houses of worship. At a time of crisis, during holidays and at anniversaries of the event, many people find it helpful to have someone who cares, someone who listens. Along with providing support, Project Hope staff helps individuals to understand their reactions to the disaster and its aftermath. We help you to think about options and to find people or agencies that can assist with any disaster-related problems.
What do Project Hope counselors do?
Project Hope counselors are trained to speak with you about your disaster-related concerns. They can help you consider how best to meet your needs. They will also help locate other resources that you may need. If you would like to find a grief support group in your neighborhood, for instance, they can offer direction.
Key Principles of the Project Hope Crisis Counseling Program
- Strengths Based—Program services promote resilience, empowerment, and recovery.
- Anonymous—Crisis counselors do not classify, label, or diagnose people; no records or case files are kept.
- Outreach Oriented—Crisis counselors deliver services in the communities rather than wait for survivors to seek their assistance.
- Conducted in Nontraditional Settings—Crisis counselors make contact in homes and communities, not in clinical or office settings.
- Designed to Strengthen Existing Community Support Systems—The program supplements, but does not supplant or replace, existing community systems.
All Project Hope services are free and confidential.
Project Hope was created by the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) with support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Comments or questions can be forwarded to the Project Hope Team at Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services, Inc. Stephanie Tipping, Project Hope Coordinator can be reached at 516-822-6111 ext 267 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information please view the following links:
SAMHSA 24/7 Hotline http://www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/
United Way 2-1-1 Resources http://www.211.org/
NYC Dept. of Health LIFENET 24/7 Hotline http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/cis/cis_lifenet.shtml