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Crisis Respite Centers

res · pite [ réspit ] : brief interval of rest: a brief period of rest and recovery between periods of exertion or after something disagreeable

Synonyms: reprieve, interval, break, breather, breathing space, lull, break, breathing room

Crisis Respite Centers (CRCs) are designed to offer voluntary respite services for people who need a different level of care than they can get home, are not at immediate risk to themselves or others, and have no acute medical conditions needing complex medical attention.

Crisis Respite Centers serve people anticipating or experiencing acute symptoms of psychosis for stays of one night to two weeks. The Crisis Respite Centers provide an innovative and unique complementary service to traditional emergency room and inpatient care whereby persons seeking temporary residential/respite care can stay in a warm, safe, and supportive home-like environment where they are taught to use new recovery and relapse prevention skills. This is achieved through:
  • 24-hour peer support
  • self-advocacy education
  • self-help training
CRC services are primarily for people who are receiving services from the Need Adapted Mobile Crisis Team (NA-MCT). The mobile team will continue to work with the client and his/her family or support network of choice throughout the Crisis Respite Center stay to develop a support plan so that his/her needs are met upon his/her return home.

Crisis Respite Center services are sometimes open to clients who are not using the NA-MCT services. CRC guests are expected to manage with a degree of independence with respect to managing medication, preparing meals and cleaning up after themselves.

There is no cost for the services of Parachute NYC and they are open to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status. No questions will be asked about immigration status.

    Please contact 1-800-LIFENET (1-800-543-3638) to refer yourself or someone else
    to a Crisis Respite Center. All referrals will go through LifeNet; no walk-ins will be considered.

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