Crisis Intervention

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Mon, April 27, 2020
YAI is having significant success using a crisis support model that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) cope with behavioral health challenges in their homes and avoid hospitalization or arrest. Over the past four years, YAI has used START (Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources, and Treatment) to serve nearly 600 individuals and their families across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens.
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Tue, August 06, 2019
Vanessa Alicea and her son are no strangers to the stress and frustration that comes with trying to communicate during a crisis. Diagnosed with autism as a toddler, Alicea’s son has often struggled to convey his emotions and needs in a way his mother could understand.
George Contos - CEO of YAI
Tue, June 19, 2018
YAI Chief Executive Office George Contos has been asked to join New York City’s Crisis Prevention and Response Task Force headed up by Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray. The group will be tasked to develop a comprehensive, citywide strategy to prevent mental health crises and to improve the City’s response to emotionally distressed New Yorkers. This will include identifying ways of increasing intervention and enhancing coordination between the City’s public health and safety...
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