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Program Overview





Parachute Background
On July 1, 2012, the Fund for Public Health in New York, Inc., on behalf of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, was awarded $17.6 M over 3 years to launch Parachute NYC. The Parachute initiative provides a "soft landing" for people undergoing a psychiatric crisis, and an alternative or complement to traditional emergency room or hospital care. See frequently asked questions about the program.

Through Need Adapted Mobile Crisis Teams, Crisis Respite Centers, and a Support Line, Parachute NYC offers services free of charge to cliens undergoing a psychiatric crisis. Parachute NYC is supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1C1-12-0001 from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.

Need Adapted Mobile Crisis Teams
A visit from a Needs Adapted Mobile Crisis Team is generally the first step in engaging Parachute New York services. Need Adapted Mobile Crisis Teams (NA-MCTs) are enhancements to existing Mobile Crisis Teams. In addition to providing standard mobile crisis services, the NA-MCTs will offer psychotherapy, peer support and family therapy for up to one year.

Model of Care
The Need Adapted Mobile Crisis Team (NA-MCT) members are trained in the Need Adapted Treatment Model (NATM) and Intentional Peer Support (IPS). They use peer specialists in tandem with behavioral health professionals to work with people and their family of choice in their home and/or community to develop trustful relationships and support networks that will help the person manage future crises and move
towards recovery.

The NA-MCT will respond as rapidly as possible (within 24 hours) to referrals in order to assist people experiencing psychosis related crisis to avoid potentially traumatizing and stigmatizing ED visits
or hospitalizations.
Who is eligible for Parachute NYC services?
Manhattan Need Adapted Mobile Crisis Teams (NA-MCT) and the Manhattan respite center currently serve people who meet the following eligibility criteria:
  1. 18-65 years old
  2. Experiencing a non-affective psychosis-related crisis
  3. Voluntarily seeks or accepts services
  4. Medically stable
  5. Resident of Manhattan
  6. Has permanent housing (not homeless)
  7. Is not at imminent risk to themselves or others such that he/she requires a higher or different
    level of care
  8. Resident of Manhattan but may accept referrals from all boroughs as directed by DOHMH
    to address capacity issues
  9. Has permanent housing (not homeless)
  10. Is not at imminent risk to themselves or others
  11. Does not have a diagnosis of dementia, organic brain
Brooklyn NA-MCTs and respite center currently serves people who meet the following eligibility criteria:
  1. 16-30 years old
  2. Experiencing a first-episode of non-affective psychosis (within approximately one year of the
    onset of symptoms)
  3. Voluntarily seeks or accepts services
  4. Medically stable
  5. Resident of Brooklyn
  6. Has permanent housing (not homeless)
  7. Is not at imminent risk to themselves or others such that he/she requires a higher or
    different level of care
  8. Does not have a diagnosis of dementia, organic brain disorder or TB

Services are being developed for the Bronx and Queens.