Job Type: Full Time
The Crisis Respite Center (CRC), part of Parachute NYC, provides an innovative and unique “hospital diversion” model whereby persons seeking temporary residential respite care can stay in a warm, friendly, safe, and supportive home-like environment where they are taught to use new recovery and relapse prevention skills. This is achieved through 24-hour peer support, self-advocacy education, self-help training, and mutual understanding. The CRC offers people experiencing a psychosis-related crisis with a short-term (one day to two weeks) residential alternative that will allow individuals to maintain daily activities and connect with community-based services and supports, including primary care. The program will provide recovery oriented services incorporating Need Adapted Treatment and Intentional Peer Support. The CRC also operates a warm line providing peer counseling and referral services to individuals in emotional distress. Parachute NYC is an innovative CMS funded pilot project designed to support a continuum of community based services to individuals experiencing a psychosis related crisis, including specially trained mobile crisis teams and Crisis Respite Centers.
The Crisis Respite Center is designed to promote self-determination and hope through peer delivered services and supports including: peer support, wellness education and skill building opportunities, identification and engagement in community-based resources including health care services. Respite Workers are responsible for assisting in the delivery of services and supports to Parachute NYC service recipients, primarily those residing in CA’s CRC. Respite Workers also serve as warm line operators. Peers are integral in supporting people during personal crisis, helping individuals learn how to view crises differently and how to use wellness tools to help decrease the intensity of or prevent future crises. A primary role of Respite Workers is to create a respite from extreme emotional distress through the promotion of a non-judgmental, supportive, friendly and engaging environment.