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Housing with Support Services

The Community Living Program offers a broad array of residential options for adults with psychiatric disabilities.

Our group homes and apartments provide supportive environments that enable each and every person to live with dignity in the community and work toward independent living.

Cost

Fees are generally paid by a combination of Social Security Insurance and Medcaid.  Private fees may be required when eligibility is denied.

Eligibility

  • Resident of Nassau County.
  • Between the ages of 18 – 55.
  • Primary diagnosis of mental illness with stabilization of symptoms.
  • Primary diagnosis may not be substance abuse.
  • Not harmful to self or others.
  • Ambulatory and not in need of constant or immediate medical or psychiatric care/attention.
  • Willing to learn the skills necessary for independent living.

To gain admission to any housing in the mental health system in Nassau County, an application
must be filed with the Single Point of Access for Housing.  To receive information and an
application, call  504-HELP.

Our Goals

  • To enhance individual functioning by improving daily living skills, social and problem-solving skills.   
  • To emphasize rehabilitation through improvement of functional abilities, behavior and skills.
  • To develop confidence and competence toward the goal of independent living in the community.

How We Accomplish Our Goals

We strengthen and promote skills development in the following areas:

  • Activities of daily living.
  • Management of symptoms of illness.
  • Management of treatment regimen.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Social and interpersonal skills.

Services

  • Room and board.
  • Personal needs allowance.
  • Restorative and rehabilitative services.
  • Medication and symptom management.
  • Situational and supportive counseling.
  • Behavioral intervention.
  • Crisis management.
  • Assistance with social and recreational activities.
  • Assistance with entitlements.
  • Assistance obtaining medical and dental care.

Program Expectations

  • Voluntary admission.
  • Applicant must be capable of self-preservation and self-care.
  • Participation in program leading to prevocational/vocational skills.
  • Adherence to medical treatment plans, including medications prescribed by a treating specialist.
  • Share in communal housekeeping and residential maintenance tasks.

Supervised Group Homes & Apartments in Nassau County

  • WALDEN CORNERS - Westbury
  • HAYPATH HOUSE – Bethpage
  • GARVEY HOUSE – East Meadow
  • THE DALES – Scattered-site Apartments

Independent Apartment Program (IAP)

The IAP has supported housing opportunities for individuals in Nassau County.  Rent is set at affordable rates and tenants receive support and assistance as needed.  Case management services are available to individuals.

Eligibility

  • Resident of Nassau County.
  • Between the ages of 18 – 55.
  • Capable of self-care, including skills necessary for independent living.

Independent Living:    HOFSTEIN HOUSE AT CLINTON COURT

Hofstein House is Long Island’s first permanent, independent living apartment complex for
individuals with psychiatric disabilities.  Made affordable by HUD subsidies, Hofstein House 
contains 24 single-bedroom apartments.  Staff is available for support and crisis management.  Case Management services are available to individuals.

Eligibility

  • Resident of Nassau County
  • Between the ages of 18 – 55
  • Capable of independent self-care

Hofstein House Inquiries:  516-489-2322, ext. 1314
E-mail:  Robert Murphy at rmurphy@mhanc.org

A Home At Last

The MHA operates 16 units of housing for people with mental illness who have been recently homeless.  Three of the units are reserved for families in which at least one family member has a mental illness.  Participants are assisted in finding an apartment and furnishings and provided rental assistance as well as a case manager who helps locate needed services and resolves problems that may arise.

Eligibility:

  • Resident of Nassau County
  • Between the ages of 18 – 55
  • Capable of independent self-care
  • Documentation of a history of mental illness and current homelessness

Inquiries & Applications

All applications for housing in the mental health system goes through a County-operated Single Point of Access.  One universal application is used by all agencies that operate housing.  To obtain an application, call the MHA hotline, 504-HELP, and request that an application be sent to you.

If you want more information about MHA's housing, please call:

Natasha Peace
Mental Health Association of Nassau County
16 Main Street
Hempstead, NY  11550
Phone: 516-489-2322, ext. 1252 Fax: 516-489-2784
E-mail:  npeace@mhanc.org