Health Care Innovation Awards: Project Profile


Project Title: "Parachute NYC: an alternative approach to mental health treatment and crisis services"
Geographic Reach: New York
Funding Amount: $17,608,085
Estimated 3-Year Savings: $51,696,138


The Fund for Public Health in New York, Inc., in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Division of Mental Hygiene, received an award to implement Parachute NYC, a citywide approach to provide a "soft-landing" for individuals experiencing psychiatric crisis. This new program offers community centered options that focus on recovery, hope "” and a healthy future. Parachute NYC uses mobile treatment teams, crisis respite centers, and a peer operated Support Line to provide early engagement (including a dedicated program for first episode psychosis), continuity of care and combined peer and non-peer community service, thus shifting the focus of care from crisis intervention to long-term, community-integrated treatment with access to primary care, improving crisis management and reducing emergency room visits and hospital admissions. Parachute NYC serves communities in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Queens.

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