We are working together to
strengthen Behavioral Health on Staten Island
The Staten Island PPS, The Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness (SIPCW), Staten Island Borough Hall, community and government partners have joined forces to tackle the opioid epidemic and improve the behavioral health of Staten Islanders. Behavioral Health includes our social, emotional, physical and psychological well-being and services address mental health and substance misuse disorders. Explore all of our different Behavioral Health Initiatives below.
Behavioral Health Initiatives
ED Warm Handoff
If you have opioid or other substance use needs and come to a Staten Island emergency department, you are connected right away with a peer. You are assessed by a behavioral health specialist who understands what type of care is needed. Then, before leaving, you are connected to treatment and resources through SI Connect.
Staten Islanders come to our emergency departments (ED) with many different needs. Sometimes your needs can be taken care of better in other places. We are working with EMS to direct you to care outside of the ED so you can get the help you need right away.
HOPE was developed for Staten Island by law enforcement agencies, public health advocates, and community partners. HOPE redirects low-level drug offenders to health services in the community instead of going to jail or being prosecuted.
‘Staten Island Connect’ is a 24/7 call center built to help connect you to behavioral health and substance use treatment. Professionals use this line to make referrals and appointments. We can even set up transportation for you.
All Staten Island Emergency Departments are staffed with Peer Recovery Specialists. When someone comes in with a Substance Use issue, a peer is there to guide them through the visit and beyond. Peers have real-life experience and are helping people connect to support and treatment services straight from the ED.
Behavioral Health Care Continuum
We are working to make sure that if someone needs access to care on Staten Island, our Behavioral Health providers are available 24./7. You can get the care and support you need through our enhanced continuum of service providers.