Programs and Services

Individual/Group Outpatient Care | Substance Use Recovery Services | Bereavement Support | Aging-in-Place Support

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 individual and group therapy for people ages 55 and older. 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 have been trained in trauma-centered treatment, are experienced in working with adults of diverse backgrounds, and practice LGBTQ+ affirming care.

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.

Group Services

SPOP has a robust program of group therapy offerings in English and Spanish, which may be used as the sole therapy modality or in coordination with individual therapy.  Groups can be effective in alleviating social isolation, promoting compassion, and creating a supportive environment among clients.  All groups currently meet by telehealth/computer connection. 

Topics can include Men’s Group; Better Together (isolation); Gay Men’s Group; Spanish-speaking Group (for anxiety or depression); Homebound Group; Peace of Mind; Managing Chronic Illness; and A New Chapter (for women over age 80).  Not all groups are available at all times.

To participate in a group, you must enroll through our intake department and be prepared to commit to a regular meeting schedule.  Scroll to the bottom of this page and click “Get Started” to learn more.

Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS)

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 groups 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 schedules.  We provide breakfast, lunch and a snack each day. The program is currently operating with a mix of on-site and remote services.

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.

We interview all participants to determine the best fit for them, and we encourage individuals to co-enroll in our Clinic and PROS as needed.

Bereavement Support

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, personal identities, and walks of life. 

Bereavement groups meet 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 the group facilitators, and provides additional resources as needed. 

STRIVE: A New Approach to Healthy Aging

Our STRIVE program promotes wellness and aging in place for older New Yorkers by integrating behavioral healthcare with aging services. STRIVE is a three-way partnership among SPOP, New York City Aging, and Metropolitan Center for Mental Health.

The program is defined by a recovery-oriented approach that allows older adults to connect to various services — and works to ensure that they stay connected as they age in place.

The program is focused on adults age 55 and older who reside in the Borough of Manhattan and are seeking at least two types of support:

  • Mental health treatment and/or
  • Substance use treatment and/or
  • Aging services.

Our interdisciplinary team includes peer support specialists, social workers, and other professionals. STRIVE is funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health.