The goal of Empower Life Long Island, the COVID-19 Emergency Response for Suicide Prevention Grant (COVID-19 ERSP), is to support our community during the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent suicides and suicide attempts in adults over the ages of 25. All clients enrolled in services with CN Guidance are assessed and monitored for suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

In addition they also receive the extra support of a Care Manager/Outreach Specialist, Clinical Services Specialist and Peer Specialist. These team members provide outreach and engagement techniques that are person centered and inspired by evidence-based data .This team works closely with any other services the client receives from the agency to provide a robust and cohesive support system. In addition we are partnered with The Safe Center of LI to address the physical, psychological, social and economic needs of domestic violence victims.

Additionally, through the COVID-19 ERSP grant, a Training Specialist is available to provide and/or link community members, family members, partners and fellow behavioral health and medical providers to trainings in the areas of suicide assessment, prevention, intervention and postvention. These training opportunities include but are not limited to Mental Health First Aid, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), QPR for Suicide Prevention etc. to educate our community at large how to recognize, respond and refer those in need to services.

For more information please reach out to:

Diana Rizzo, MPA
Project Coordinator
516-822-6111 x2280

This grant summary was developed, in part, under grant number 1H79FG000372-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.