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For Those on the Verge of a Mental Health Crisis: A Safe Place To Respite / Avoid Hospital

Hicksville, NY (November 1, 2017) – One of Long Island’s leading nonprofits announced this week the opening of a new short-term residential setting to enable some individuals facing escalating mental health symptoms to avoid hospitalization and stabilize themselves with available support.

CN Guidance & Counseling Services began this autumn serving qualified individuals in its new Crisis Respite program—a Hicksville residence with trained supervisory staff and three beds dedicated entirely to short-term supportive stays from 1 to 30 days, as needed.

Recognizing the efficacy, more personalized treatment, better health outcomes, and lower costs than traditional treatment in hospital E.R.s and/or inpatient beds for some common scenarios, the new model—supported by New York State and Nassau County—enables a subset of individuals facing psychiatric distress and/or co-occurring substance use disorders to remove themselves temporarily and safely from the stressors and triggers that might otherwise lead to near-term psychiatric crisis or medical emergency.

“This new program will help people who are feeling and communicating a concerning escalation of their symptoms in situations that do not require hospitalization,” said Diana Rizzo, Director of Residential Services at CN Guidance. “People who might otherwise have no other option but an E.R. or inpatient hospital bed, now have an appropriately designed and staffed safe place they can go to de-stress, de-escalate, ‘hit the pause button on life,’ and return, stabilized, to their normal living environment.”

The new respite program assigns trained/credentialed staff to each Crisis Respite resident. Beyond assuring access to mental health counseling, substance use treatment, and other needed CN Guidance or community services, the program offers a variety of on-site skill building and support. Examples are symptom management, self-advocacy training, and medication management training.

Who Is Eligible?

The new program is available to people who meet all of these criteria: (1) are at least 18 years of age; (2) live presently in stable housing, a place they can return to after their Crisis Respite stay; (3) are a Nassau County resident; (4) have been diagnosed with a mental illness (including if they have a co-occurring substance use disorder); and (5) are experiencing a psychiatric crisis (or impending crisis) that does not require hospitalization.

The new program is available regardless of ability to pay. Call 516-822-6111 to ask questions / learn more.

Even if an individual does not meet all five criteria, you are encouraged to call and ask about many alternative programs available directly or via referral through CN Guidance & Counseling Services.

About CN Guidance

CN Guidance & Counseling Services is a region-leading mental health and addiction-related service provider. Started in 1972, the mission of this nonprofit is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families on Long Island affected by mental health and/or substance use disorders. It succeeds by providing integration of clinical treatment, housing opportunities, social and support services, counseling, and guidance to individuals, families and the community. CN Guidance has been a leader in providing outreach, supports, and counseling to community members regardless of their ability to pay.



Contact: Diana Rizzo
(516) 396-5070