The Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health has partnered with St. Vincent's Hospital Westchester, A Division of Saint Joseph's Medical Center, to deliver quality services to those in crisis or nearing a crisis with a strong focus on prevention. The team is also available to provide education and skills training to those who can help manage, and ultimately, prevent crises.
The Crisis Prevention and Response Team (CPRT) is an interdisciplinary mobile team of mental health professionals (social workers, a child and family specialist and a psychiatrist). The CPRT responds to people in the community, usually visiting them at home, although they can be seen elsewhere as well. The team has offices at Saint Joseph's Medical Center in Yonkers and at St. Vincent's Hospital in Harrison.
The CPRT serves any person in Westchester who is experiencing, or is at rish of, a psychological crisis, and who requires mental health intervention. Links to other community resources and follow up support are provided as well. the CPRT is usually called by individuals, family members, neighbors, friends, landlords, clergy, school personnel, police or other person(s) concerned about an individual.
CPRT staff provide a range of services including assessment, crisis intervention, supportive conseling, information and referrals, linkage with appropriate community based mental health services for ongoing treatment, and follow up. The Team's goal is to help people avoid crises and to prevent visits to emergency rooms.