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Mental Health Services

The central location of Rockland County's mental health services for children, adolescents and adults is:

THE ROCKLAND COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT 364-2200

Bldg. F, Sanatorium Rd., (off Rt. 45), Pomona 10970

Commissioner: Mary Ann Walsh x2378

Psychiatric inpatient and outpatient, emergency services, partial hospitalization, continuing day treatment, specialized child and adolescent services, and alcohol/substance abuse services are provided through this department.

CRISIS SERVICES 364-2212

Bldg. D Ask for Crisis Service

Director: Dr. Helena Kukla

Emergency and Admissions Unit provides emergency mental health services including a 24-hour suicide hotline. Services include screening, evaluation, home visits and consultation with other agencies; Crisis Stabilization Unit provides brief therapy for adolescents and adults.

SUICIDE HOTLINE: 354-6500

24-hour dedicated phone lines with direct access to counseling for anyone suicidal, or someone worried about another person who may be suicidal.

DISTRICT CLINICS IN ROCKLAND COUNTY 364-2200

In addition to the specialized services at the Mental Health Center there are three (3) outpatient clinics providing services for adolescents and their families in individual, family, and group therapy. You are encouraged to contact the clinic closest to your home. If you are unsure as to which clinic to contact, you can call the above number for this information.

North Rockland Mental Health Clinic, 2 Main Street, Haverstraw 10927 429-4966

Pomona Mental Health Clinic, Bldg. F, Dept. of Mental Health, Pomona 10970 364-2287

Orangetown Mental Health Clinic, 63 Staff Court, Orangeburg 10962 359-3303


AT THE MENTAL HEALTH CENTER POMONA

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SERVICES UNIT, Bldg. F 364-2311

Director: JoAnn Zucker
Program Supervisor: Sheryl Glickman

Treatment services for children and adolescents between ages 5 and 18; individual, group, and family therapy. Specialized teams serve children experiencing family, school, and/or bahavioral problems, those with serious psychiatric conditions, those who have been sexually abused, and those meeting the requirements for intensive case management services.

MARGARET M. LAWRENCE CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER, Bldg. K 364-3706

Program Supervisor: JoAnn Zucker

Early diagnostic and treatment services for children under age 6 and their parents; individual therapy for children and parents; full and half day programs for children 18 months to 5 years who are experiencing social, emotional, cognitve, language or motor development delays; therapy for sexually abused children under age 6.

YOUNG ADULT CENTER, Bldg. G. 364-2413

Program Supervisor: Donna Pauldine

Treatment and rehabilitative services for individuals with mental illness, 18-35 years of age; continuing day treatment program available for individuals requiring a full or half day structured program. Services include individual and group therapy, medication monitoring, medical/nursing services and crisis intervention.

PSYCHIATRIC INPATIENT UNIT, Bldg. D 364-2232

Director: Dr. Paul Ducker

43-bed acute psychiatric hospital service. No admission restrictions based on age, diagnosis, economic resources, race, national origin or sex. Treatment focus on return of patient to home, family and work as soon as possible. An individual treatment plan is developed for each patient which may include individual and group therapy, family therapy and chemotherapy, recreation and occupational therapy.

ACUTE PARTIAL HOSPITALIZATION PROGRAM, Bldg. F 364-2465

Program Supervisor: Dr. Melvin Leibowitz

Adult-oriented intensive day care program designed to provide an alternative to inpatient treatment and a transitional phase between inpatient and outpatient treatment.

CASE MANAGEMENT/INTENSIVE CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES, Bldg. F 364-2312

Program Supervisor: Bill Mennenga

Case manangement and intensive case management for chronic mentally ill clients who have had previous psychiatric hospitalization; links individuals to all needed health-related and social services to help them learn to cope with their environment, develop social and vocational competence, and achieve independent living to the fullest extent possible; advocacy; monitoring.


COMMUNITY SUPPORT CENTER 429-3505

143 Ramapo Road (Rte. 202), Garnerville 10923

Program Supervisor: William Goldberg

Treatment and rehabilitative services for seriously and persistently mentally ill individuals over the age of 35. Continuing day treatmnet program includes group therapy and activities, individual therapy, medication, creative arts and recreational therapies.

CONSULTATION AND EDUCATION 364-2386

Education and staff training for community caregivers, including police departments, schools, senior adult groups, clergy, the legal system, social service agencies and industry.

ALCOHOL/SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES

There are several programs for young people with alcohol and substance abuse problems and for teenagers who have parents, relatives or friends with substance abuse problems. For further information see section entitled SUBSTANCE ABUSE: ALCOHOL/OTHER DRUGS. Substance Abuse


HELPFUL TIPS TO AN ADOLESCENT SEEKING A THERAPIST'S HELP

A person's relationship with a therapist is a very special one. You should find someone whom you can trust, who treats you with respect and listens to you, who assures you that what you say is confidential. A good therapist will be able to talk to you in terms that are easily understandable.

If you are interested in seeking help, you can contact any of the above services. There are also many private therapists in the county and, if interested, you can contact Rosemarie Bone, Director of Educational Service, Mental Health Association (639-7400).

One of the issues that has often been raised by teenagers requesting help is whether or not a youth can be seen in therapy without parental consent. If this is a problem, please feel free to call any of the three local outpatient mental health clincis (i.e., Pomona, Haverstraw, Orangetown). Ask for an appointment. This question will be discussed in confidence unless medication or hospitalization is required. No one who needs help will be refused. You can always call Crisis Service, 364-2200 (ask for Crisis Service).

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION, INC. (MHA) 639-7400

20 Squadron Blvd., New City 10956

Executive Director: Sidney Paul

Non-profit incorporation (not a county dept.). MHA presently operates 6 programs: Project Rainbow, Residential Servies, Rehabilitation Services, Intensive Case Management for Children and Youth, Educational Service, and Friendship Club. In addition, they sponsor a Self-Help Clearinghouse and the Rockland Success Team.

SELF HELP CLEARING HOUSE (MHA) 639-7400, x22

20 Squadron Blvd., New City 10956

Coordinator: Roz Fields

Provides information , referral, concerning self-help/mutual support groups and an Advocacy Progam promoting programs and legislation which will help persons with mental illness. The clearinghouse publishes a quarterly newsletter called "On-Going Mutual Support Groups" listing groups, meeting dates, places, times, fees (if any), contact persons and phone numbers.

ROCKLAND PSYCHIATRIC CENTER (RPC) 359-1000

140 Orangeburg Rd., Orangeburg 10962

This NYS facility provides inpatient, outpatient, and 24-hour emergency services for adults over 18 years. Day treatment, community clinic services, case management services, consultation and education services, crisis services, and rehabilitation services. Also residentital services include a residential care center for adults and a state operated community residence.

MSGR. PATRICK J. FRAWLEY MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC 368-5000

Supervisor: Lawrence Levitt, MD

Good Samaritan Hospital, 255 Lafayetter Ave., Suffern 10901

Persons over age 15 admitted on a voluntary basis.

Inpatient Unit (19 beds) 368-5077

Outpatient Clinic 368-5222

3 Campbell Ave, Suffern 10901

Provides walk-in service for those in need of immediate help, ages 5 years and older. Also provides Eating Disorder Outpatient Program (Contact: Nina Martin).

ROCKLAND CHILDREN'S PSYCHIATRIC CENTER (RCPC) 359-7400

Convent Rd., Orangeburg 10962

Director: Stuart L. Kaplan, MD

NYS facility for emotionally disturbed children 5 through 18 years serving Rockland, Westchester, Ulster, Putnam, Duchess, Orange and Sullivan counties. Provides short term inpatient psychiatric hospitalization for Rockland residents. Community-based service that provides psychiatric treatment and care to the children and their families; individual, group, and family therapies as prescribed by child psychiatrists; individualized education, recreation, and occupational therapies; and speech therapy.

VOLUNTEER COUNSELING SERVICE (VCS) 634-5729

151 S. Main St., New City 10956

Director: Marge Lipson

Individual counseling, couple, and family counseling; educational workshops; parenting groups; support services for caregivers of the elderly; housing counseling for the elderly; conflict resolution and mediation services; and batterers' intervention project. Fees: sliding scale

NYACK REACH OUT TO YOUTH (ROY) 353-4351

12 N. Broadway, Nyack 10960

Contact: Brad Jenkins

Drop-in counseling center for individual, group and family counseling; crisis intervention; targeting youth-at-risk for substance abuse; for residents of Nyack. Fee: sliding scale, no one refused services.

ORANGETOWN REACH OUT TO YOUTH (ROY)

26 Orangeburg Rd., Orangeburg 10962

Contact: Brad Jenkins

Drop-in counseling center for individual, group and family counseling; crisis intervention; targeting youth-at-risk for substance abuse; for residents of Orangetown. Fee: sliding scale, no one refused services.

CLARKSTOWN COUNSELING CENTER 634-6369

3 East Evergreen Road, New City 10956

Director: Emily Feiner

Individual, group, and family counseling for residents of Clarkstown whose problems include, but are not limited to substance abuse. Problems may include family and/or peer relationships, school problems, marital problems or crisis intervention. Pyschiatric consultation is available. Fee: sliding scale; no one refused service.

TOWN OF RAMAPO YOUTH COUNSELING SERVICES 352-8900

288 N. Main Street, Spring Valley 10977

Director: George Doering, Jr.

Comprehensive counseling centers specializing in the treattment of adolescents and their families. Services include individual, family and group counseling; intellectual and psychological evaluation; crisis intervention and referral. Public speakers are available on request. Fee: sliding scale; no one refused service.

Sites:

Martin Luther King Jr. Counseling Center 425-7508 110 North Bethune Blvd., Spring Valley 10977

Ramapo Counseling Center 352-8900 288 N. Main Street, Spring Valley 10977

Suffern Counseling Center 357-9017 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern 10901

HAVERSTRAW COUNSELING CENTER REACHOUT 429-5731

220 Rte 9W, Haverstraw (Uptown)

41 New Main St., Haverstraw (Downtown) 947-2821

Director: Marion Breland

Counseling center for young adults and their family members in the North Rockland area; individual, group, and family counseling dealing with a variety of problems including substance abuse and prevention. Main focus is on adolescents, recreation, outreach and speakers. Fee: sliding scale; no one refused service

UNITED HOSPICE OF ROCKLAND, INC 354-5100

5 Parkview Plaza, Thiells, Mt. Ivy Rd, Pomona 10970

Executive Director: Amy Stern

Contact: Deanna Nichols

Services and support to families coping with terminal illness, i.e., in-home nursing; promoting pain control; counseling family members; providing respite for care-givers; providing equipment, supplies, medications, volunteer help and bereavement services.

ROCKLAND FAMILY SHELTER, INC. 425-0112

300 No. Main Street, Suite 301, Spring Valley 10977

Director: Carolyn Fish

Center for Advocacy and Support Services; Rape Crisis Services; The Haven; and Educational Outreach. Agency provides shelter to battered, abused persons and their children, counseling, information, court accompaniment, support services, Battered Women support group ; referrals, walk-in counseling center, transitional housing, support services for women and children in transition; counseling and support groups for survivors of sexual assault/abuse and their families; and bilingual services.

ROCKLAND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP 574-4626

235 N. Main St., Spring Valley 10977

Director: Ron Figueroa

Information and linkages for individuals and groups interested in the prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse; and training for identification and referral of high risk youth; services Rockland County. Fee: None.


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