Programs and Services

Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic

About 20% of adults will experience a mental health disorder, such as depression, anxiety, or delayed manifestation of trauma experienced earlier in life.  At SPOP, we do not consider these feelings to be “just a part of getting older” – in fact, we know that therapy can be a highly effective pathway to emotional well-being.

We offer therapy for people ages 55 and older through our Clinic. Our staff are sensitive to the needs of mature adults and use an array of therapeutic modalities such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness and meditation practices, interpersonal therapy, and motivational interviewing.  All clinicians practice LGBT-affirming care, have been trained in trauma-centered treatment, and are experienced in working with adults of diverse backgrounds.

We accept Medicare, Medicaid and many insurance plans.  We currently offer sessions by telehealth and at 20 locations throughout Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn. Homebound service is currently suspended due to COVID-19; those visits are currently all by telehealth.

We understand that therapy may be a new experience for many clients and we support you at every step.  Click here to learn how the process works.

PROS/Group-based Support

SPOP is home to New York State’s only Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS) program exclusively for adults age 55 and older. 

This program is for adults who have an experience of serious mental illness. All participants must be Medicaid-eligible; any questions regarding program eligibility can be addressed during the intake process.

The PROS model uses group therapy and individualized support to help participants develop independent living skills in such areas as family relationships; technology and communication; health and wellness; or housing.  The program is open Monday-Friday from 9:00-3:00; participants set their own part- or full-time schedules, supplemented with activities at older adult centers and other programs.  We provide breakfast, lunch and a snack each day. The program is currently operating with reduced in-person hours and serving grab-and-go meals.

Our team includes recovery counselors, licensed practitioners of the healing arts, a recovery case manager, certified peer specialists, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and a Psychiatrist.  Many are proficient in a second language and all have vast experience working with an older population.

We interview all participants to determine the best fit for them, and we encourage individuals to co-enroll or move between our Clinic and PROS programs depending on their level of need.

PROS participants play an active role in the design of the program, suggesting topics for groups, activities, and even suggesting menu ideas for the weekly community meal.  In this way, we build a community of participants who share ideas freely, provide support for one another, and celebrate holidays and life cycle events together.

Bereavement

The loss of a spouse, partner, loved one or dear friend can be life-shattering at any age.  We understand that the grieving process takes time and is best supported by others who have had the same experience.

Our award-winning program of non-sectarian peer-led bereavement support is open to adults of all ages and walks of life.  Our groups reflect the diversity of New York City and group facilitators are trained to be culturally-responsive, LGBT-affirming, and respectful of all participants.

Groups meet weekly for ten weeks of discussion, shared feelings, and support.  The program is overseen by a clinical social worker, who interviews all participants in advance, trains and supervises the group facilitators, and provides additional resources as needed.  We offer specialized groups for spousal/partner and non-spousal/partner loss.