Resources that may be able to assist families of a person with a developmental disability during a behavioral crisis

If you are working with a person with a developmental disability who is having a behavioral crisis there are several resources available in the city that may be able to assist. Unfortunately, many of the emergency services that once existed at state-run Developmental Centers have closed in recent years due to cuts in government funding. Additionally, in-patient hospital options no longer exist in New York City. The following information is a compilation taken directly from information in DDRO guides and from the websites of organizations that provide the interventions. Most of the services are borough specific so one should attempt to contact the organizations and services in the borough in which the individual needing assistance resides.

This list of services is compiled as a resource. AHRC New York City is not familiar with all the programs on this list and does not have control over service changes or availability.

Behavioral Crisis Resources in New York City

AHRC New York City

We offer a wide range of mental health services including our Bronx In-Home Crisis Team.

This service is available to Bronx residents, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

In cases of challenging behaviors, the Bronx In-Home Crisis Team provides short-term in-home behavior management to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities residing in the Bronx, who live at home with their family.

If there is a need for additional services in the community, referrals are made on a part-time basis. If follow-up or ongoing services are needed, the team makes referrals to the appropriate mental health facilities.

The team also provides Post-Crisis assistance for families if the problematic behaviors recur or if new difficulties arise.

Funded under a Family Support grant from OPWDD the Bronx In-Home Crisis Team team consists of two full time experienced psychologists:

Delores Lulgjuray, PhD
Christine Somyk, MA

Please contact Delores Lulgjuray via our phone service at 718-367- 3701.


Innovative Resources for Independence

Contact: Claudius Campos 646-372-5487ccampos@in-res.org

  • Linkage and referral to ongoing services/supports
  • Response to active crisis situations
  • Behavioral Consultation
  • Parent / Caregiver Training and Advocacy
  • Proactive Crisis Supports during problematic times
  • Medical Appointment Assistance
  • Environmental modification recommendations
  • 24/7 CRISIS Hotline 646-542-4643

Lifespire

Contact: Jay Kleinman 718-454-6940

Short-term case management, referral and linkage provided to individuals with or without MSC.  This service is generally Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Innovative Resources for Independence

Contact: Claudius Campos 646-372-5487ccampos@in-res.org

  • Linkage and referral to ongoing services/supports
  • Response to active crisis situations
  • Behavioral Consultation
  • Parent / Caregiver Training and Advocacy
  • Proactive Crisis Supports during problematic times
  • Medical Appointment Assistance
  • Environmental modification recommendations
  • 24/7 CRISIS Hotline: 646-542-4643

YAI Network

Contacts:
Victor Ordde 212-273-6100 ext. 2879 (English)
Maria Leonardo 212-273-6229 (Spanish)

Eligibility criteria: OPWDD eligibility (up-to-date psychological indicating ID/DD diagnosis, including adaptive scores, age-of-onset documentation,) and the individual needs to live at home with family in Manhattan or Queens.

Short-term case management: A case manager is assigned for each family and stays involved as long as their case is open with Crisis.  When the individual does not have MSC, the case manager will assist with securing immediately-needed services and connecting with long-term case management/service coordination.  In all cases, case manager can provide advocacy, referrals, etc.  Case manager can also assist in obtaining OPWDD eligibility, if the individual has not yet been deemed eligible.  No waitlist for this service. Case management for crisis is not available to individuals who receive MSC services.

In-home behavior management: A 6-month, in-home intervention where a clinician visits the home for weekly 2-hour visits with the parent/caregiver.  The clinician does an in-depth assessment (6-8 weeks) of the presenting behavioral issue, observes the individual at home and at school/day program, then conducts a 6-week parent training, which is based on a curriculum developed by YAI.  The clinician and parent develop a behavior plan for the individual, and the clinician monitors the parent’s implementation of the plan.  The parent is given materials and tools to help implement the plan, and the clinician provides recommendations in addition to the plan at the time of case closing.  The clinician works with the parent/family, but does not work directly with the individual.

Crisis counseling: Short-term (generally 6-8 weeks), solution-focused crisis counseling, either in-home or in the office, depending on the individual.  This service can be offered to either parents/caregivers or individuals themselves.

Emergency Respite funds: Funds available for payment for respite services provided by a worker identified and engaged by the family to provide respite care for the individual.

YAI does not provide “initial stabilization in acute crisis”

Services are provided Monday through Friday, though hours may be flexible.


Lifespire

Contact: Jay Kleinman 718-454-6940

In-home Behavior Management:  An ABSS goes into the home weekly for 1-2 hours to teach the parent behavior management strategies designed to reduce the frequency of challenging behaviors.  A behavior plan is generated and then modified as required.  Services average anywhere from 3-6 months, but that can vary depending on the needs.  Available in Spanish.  Sessions are arranged at the family’s convenience and can be weekday or weekend.


Lifespire

Contact: Jay Kleinman 718-454-6940

Crisis Intervention: Short-term case management, referral and linkage provided to individuals with or without MSC.  This service is generally M-F, 9-5.

In-Home Behavior Management: An ABSS goes into the home weekly for 1-2 hours to teach the parent behavior management strategies designed to reduce the frequency of challenging behaviors.  A behavior plan is generated and then modified as required.  Services average anywhere from 3-6 months, but that can vary depending on the needs.  Available in Russian.  Sessions are arranged at the family’s convenience and can be weekday or weekend.

In-Home and Travel Training (non-waiver): A habilitation specialist directly teaches the individual independent living and/or travel skills.  Sessions are usually weekly, but in some instances can be more frequent.