Mental Health Association of Nassau County

Hempstead, New York, USA


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We are a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to improving mental health in our community through advocacy, education, program development and the delivery of direct services.

What We Do

Veterans Services:Vet2Vet - Veterans, Peer Support, Veterans
Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island - building a friendly veteran community by promoting the health and well-being of Long Island veterans and their families through advocacy, outreach, training, peer support and awareness.
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Rehabilitation & Support Services: Gathering Place PROS - Day program focusing on Personalized Recovery Oriented Services, where adults with mental illnesses actively participate in skill development toward employment, housing, education, wellness self-management and improving their health while working toward community integration,SOAR - Socialization and Recovery Program. SOAR is a "Clubhouse-like" program for recovery and social skills.
Peer Services - This division of MHANC, staffed by trained peers in recovery with personal experience in the mental health system.
Phone Link - Peer-to-peer warm line offers consumers a chance to talk to other consumers about recovery, relationships, work, school, problem-solving, etc.
Turquoise House - A peer respite wellness center that allows guests to use crisis as an opportunity, providing connection, hope, and a successful alternative to hospitalization.
Support Groups - These are peer-run self-help groups.
Financial Management - Helping those living with Mental Illness regain their financial independence.
Health Home Care Coordination - For at-risk adults: Provides someone to help navigate the mental health system and link them to needed services and support in the areas of health, financial entitlements, housing, educational and vocational needs.
Medicaid Service Coordination - Assists adults and children with developmental disabilities to develop life goals, make informed choices and achieve self-reliance and community inclusion.
Crisis Respites for Families - We provide an out of home residential stay for children in need of some time apart from their family. Families benefit from a short respite.
Hospital Discharge Coordination - Coordinates all children's psychiatric discharges from Nassau County Hospitals to ensure comprehensive community linkages and supports.
Compeer Program - Matches consumers with volunteer mentors to work towards recovery.
Adult Family Support - Weekly support groups for adult family members and friends of consumers living with mental illnesses.
Housing Services:
The Terrace - A housing program for autistic children to live in a family-like setting with consistent behavioral interventions and staff support.
Titus - An adult housing program that teaches life skills to young adults with autism.
Cushman House, Garvey House, Walden House - Homes for adults with mental illnesses, providing needed around-the-clock support to focus on recovery.
The Dales - Apartment programs that provide the next step in mental health residential housing.
Supported Housing - Provides a number of housing opportunities for people living with mental illness to live on their own.
Education & Training Services:
Continuing Education for behavioral health professionals - Community-based psycho-educational training for behavioral health professionals and the community at large.
Community Outreach and Education - Provide information and educational materials to increase the public awareness about mental health issues and community-based resources.
The Players - Volunteer theater troupe that uses vignettes and performances to help eliminate the stigma of Mental Illness.
Advocacy & Community Relations:
Public Policy - We advocate for individuals living with mental illness, in an attempt to improve service delivery, modify laws and support people in their recovery.
Children's Advocacy Committee - A grassroots group comprising parents and professionals who are dedicated to the recognition of children's mental health; timely access to comprehensive, quality services and equity in treatment.
Annual Impact
Daily visits for the recovery programs: 12, 495 days of service
Housing: 44,165 days of housing with support services
Education & Training: Providing workshops for more than 1,700 professionals and community members.
Adults Receiving Financial Management Services: Supporting over 650 individuals
Veterans Services: Reaching over 4,500 veterans on Long Island, home to the second largest population of veterans in the entire country.
HCBS Services for Adults and Children.Peer Coaching Academy
MHA's Peer Coaching Academy has 22 peer coaches that assist others to take responsibility for their own lives and help them implement the steps needed to meet their desired goals. Peers enrolled in our academy receive coaching support and are provided with a unique "toolbox" of skills that assist them in facing life's challenges.

Our training program provides ongoing support - beginning with learning the skills to help ensure their own health and well-being. Our curriculum helps peers become Certified OMH Peers and helps prepare them to pass their peer certification exam. Our support doesn't end there, our 22 peers provide ongoing support to all individuals that attend our Peer Coaching Academy.

Training and volunteer opportunities are available for new peer specialists who want to use their recovery to support others.

Turquoise House

Turquoise House peer respite wellness center allows guests to use crisis as an opportunity; providing connection, hope, and a successful alternative to hospitalization.

Guests stay in a comfortable, homelike environment up to 7 days for intensive, transformative support, served by a team of trained Peer Specialists who support, accept and listen.

Pre-Registration is required.

Contact Turquoise House at:

(516) 489-0100 ext.3

Consumer Link

Consumer Link is the peer services division of the Mental Health Association of Nassau County.

We are staffed by trained peers in recovery with personal experience in the mental health system. We provide nonclinical support that focuses on recovery.

We believe in empowerment, personal responsibility, and above all - the power of hope.

All services Consumer Link provides are FREE!

To see a list of the services we provide, please click here.

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Fern S.

Director of Business Development

Eda F.

Volunteer Manager