Established in 1972, the purpose of CN Guidance & Counseling Services, Inc., a nonprofit organization, is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families on Long Island affected by mental health and/or substance use disorders by recognizing and addressing the integration of mental health and physical health. The organization leverages a holistic perspective, driven by its belief in the ability of every individual to recover.
CN (Central Nassau) Guidance & Counseling Services has grown substantially since its inception. Our evolution has been shaped largely by the emerging needs of consumers as they move through the process of recovery.
Some Brief Highlights Of Our History
1972 – CN Guidance opens as a single outpatient mental health clinic.
1972 – The Pretty New Thrift Shop begins operations.
1973 – Outpatient substance use disorder treatment program added.
1989 – First housing developed.
1992 – Barbara Bartell, LCSW, named as Chief Executive Officer.
1992 – Permanent supported housing for clients begins.
1992 – Apartment Treatment program offered as a transitional housing model.
1993 – CN Guidance takes over Connections Clubhouse from a group of family members associated with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
1995 – The Continuing Day Treatment Program, The Haven, opens to serve consumers as they work through a range of both mental health and substance use disorder issues.
1997 – Started HUD Shelter Plus Care program to serve formerly homeless, mentally ill individuals.
2001 – Five adjacent townhouses purchased, 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.
2001 – The Starry Night Café, an outgrowth of the Connections Clubhouse, begins operation as a consumer-run business catering to individuals with disabilities.
2003 – 15-bed MICA Recovery Residential Program (MRP), located on the grounds of Pilgrim State Hospital, opens to provide specialized services for mentally ill clients facing particularly difficult substance use problems.
2003 – Blended Case Management program is launched to provide care coordination and community-based support services.
2003 – CN Guidance takes over a specialized mental health service program for the deaf and hearing impaired from Nassau County.
2006 – The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team, a mobile, multi-disciplinary mental health treatment team, is launched.
2007 – The Congregate Treatment program better serves Suffolk County residents with the opening of the Ronkonkoma residence.
2010 – Pathways to Recovery opens on the grounds of Pilgrim State Hospital.
2010 – Roads to Recovery opens in Hicksville after the merging of Connection Clubhouse and The Haven. Pathways to Recovery and Roads to Recovery together embody the CN Guidance “Personalized Recovery-Oriented Services” – PROS – program.
2012 – The CN Guidance Addiction Recovery Treatment (ARTS) Program, a NYS OASAS licensed clinic, provides more than 8,000 units of outpatient addiction recovery service to 731 clients.
2012 – ACT Team provides 4,802 units of service to 83 individuals, achieving a 50% reduction in avoidable emergency room visits.
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 (through currently)
2013 – Jeffrey Friedman joins CN Guidance team as CEO.
2013 – CN Guidance gains government funding to provide integrated healthcare (behavioral/medical) to local individuals age 55 and over for a 3-year project.
2014 – CN Guidance shifts toward holistic, whole-person-centered care, with deeper integration of mental and physical health services. Program additions/expansions include Mobile Residential Supports, Health Home Care Management, Project FORWARD (relationship and communication skills), Crisis Bed (short-term respite) program, Link-Age (serving older people and their caregivers), and other new and reinforced programs for people facing mental illness and/or chemical dependency. By 2016, CN Guidance was serving more than 4,600 people annually across two counties. Click here to see more details in our online press releases for this period.