From Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier, Inc.
MHAST OPENS SHORT-TERM CRISIS RESPITE HOUSE
Binghamton, NY. The Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST) announces the opening of “Our House” a peer-run, short term crisis respite designed to provide a safe, home-like environment for Broome County residents experiencing a mental health crisis or emotional distress. Guests, 18 years and older, are welcome to self-refer and must contact Our House by phone to complete a pre-registration interview As an alternative to hospitalization, a typical stay at Our House is 3-5 days. Guests have their own bedroom, are responsible for their own medications and meals, and are welcome to come and go as necessary to continue working or attend appointments. Our House is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by certified peer specialists who offer individual and group support to guests through a variety of activities, education, planning and connection to community resources.
Our House Director, Emily Childress, explains, “It is an extremely exciting and long anticipated program.” The program is modeled after Rose House, which has been operating short-term crisis respite homes in the Hudson Valley region of New York for two decades. Our House, the first and only residential program of its kind in our area, is a viable alternative to hospitalization for community members in crisis.
Anyone who feels they would benefit from the support and services available at Our House should call 607-771-8888 extension 350 to discuss arrangements.