Peer Services

Services and Support Groups

All self-help groups are peer-run and held at 16 Main Street, Hempstead, NY.

Click here to see our calendar of events

If you are a first-time attendee, please call (516) 489-0100 ext. 4 for more information

Peer Coaching Academy

MHANC’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. Wellness Self Care is at the heart of recovery.

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 process to certification. Our support doesn’t end there, our team of peers provides 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. All aspects of Peer Services are covered in the course as well as the necessity for planning.

Turquoise House and Turquoise House II

Turquoise House and Turquoise House II are peer respite wellness centers that allow guests to use their crisis as an opportunity; providing connection, hope, and a successful alternative to hospitalization.

Guests stay in a comfortable, homelike environment for up to 7 days for intensive, transformative support, served by a team of trained Peer Specialists who support, accept and listen. Self-help mutual support is reciprocal and produces empowerment in the participants.

Pre-Registration is required.

Post Crisis Respite support can be helpful to take the experiences from Turquoise House forward when a guests returns home and implements the new skills into their life. “Mobile Support” and “Phone Link Warm Line” are their to assist during that time.

These supports are utilized for crisis-related services.  

Contact Turquoise House and Turquoise House II at:

(516) 489-0100 ext. 2

Consumer Link

The Peer Services Division of the Mental Health Association of Nassau County is staffed by New York State Certified Peer Specialists who practice recovery and have 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 Peer services provided are FREE!

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


Nearly 1 in 5 adults, more than 18%, in the U.S. experience mental illness in a given year.

5-6% of American adults have a serious mental illness; about 2% have disorders that are long-term and disabling, contributing to very high rates of unemployment and poor living conditions.

More than 450 million people around the world live with mental illnesses.

20-25% of Americans have a diagnosable mental and/or substance use disorder in any given year: 6.8 million people with an addiction have a mental illness.

There were approximately 20.6 million people in the United States over the age of 12 with an addiction in 2011, excluding tobacco.

Over 3 million people in 2011 received treatment for their addiction.

The Long Island Coalition estimated that there are approximately 3,000 homeless people in Nassau County and 64 of them are living on the streets.

30-40% of homeless adults and 15-20% of people in jails and prisons in the United States have a serious mental illness. This is often accompanied by substance abuse problems in both these populations.

As many as 10% of children have a serious emotional disturbance, contributing to school failure and other serious problems.

Just over 20 percent of children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder.

It is estimated that 1 in 68 children in the US have autism.

As the number of older adults doubles over the next two decades so will the number of older adults with mental disordersThis includes 5.5 million older adults who currently have Alzheimer’s disorder or other dementia. Without advances in prevention, this will rise to 11 million older adults with dementia by 2050.

11 to 20% of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom) have been diagnosed with PTSD.

30% of soldiers develop mental problems within 3 to 4 months of being home.

Depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (aka PTSD, an anxiety disorder that follows experiencing a traumatic event) are the most common mental health problems faced by returning troops.