Short Term Crisis Respite

While the primary goal of this transformative respite program is on decreasing avoidable hospital admissions and readmissions, the ultimate goal is to create a system where persons centered services are provided to individuals when they need it. Liberty Resources Crisis Respite Center operates three locations serving adults in Madison, Oswego, and Onondaga County and the surrounding Central New York area. Length of stay is a maximum of 30 days, with most guests returning to their home environment in less than 14 days.

What is a Crisis Respite Center?

Our Crisis Respite Center offers short-term crisis support in a home-like setting by certified peer specialists to individuals experiencing an emotional or psychiatric crisis to improve their quality of life while reducing the need for emergency room visits or hospitalizations.Bedroom 2

Guests are able to relax in one of three beautiful respite bedrooms and share a common living area and kitchen space. Guest have the option to participate in various wellness activities and psychoeducational groups during their stay.

What services does Crisis Respite typically provide?

  • Assessment of strengths and needs of the guest to identify areas to leverage and address barriers to maintaining self-sufficiency in their home environment.
  • Crisis prevention and intervention planning.
  • 24-hour peer support, collaboration with key stakeholders invested in the guest’s success.
  • Referral and linkage to services needed to maximize self-sufficiency in the community.

Respite center guests work with peer support staff to develop an individualized support plan and wellness recovery action plan.

Liberty Resources peer specialists are trained in Intentional Peer Support and use crisis as an opportunity for growth and change.  Through the establishment of mutual relationships services are transformed from helping to learning, from individual to relationship, and from fear to hope. IPS looks beyond the notion of individuals needing to change and examines our lives in the context of our relationships and communities.

What types of crises are supported at the center?

  • Behavioral issues related to a serious mental illness
  • Severe depression or anxiety
  • Erratic behavior
  • Behaviors that may lead to police intervention
  • Thoughts of self-harm with no intentional plan
  • Any problem that is causing a serious problem in functioning

Eligibility Criteria

Individuals who:
Are experiencing an emotional or psychiatric crisis that can be safely diverted from the emergency room or being admitted on an inpatient level of care,

OR —  are currently inpatient in a psychiatric facility and not yet ready for full transition into the community.

— AND — must have stable housing to return to post-discharge.

Exclusionary Criteria

Individuals who:

  • Suffer from a co-morbid physical injury that requires nursing or hospital level of care.
  • Are homeless or does not have stable housing to return to post-discharge.
  • Are a threat to themselves or others and require an inpatient level of care.
  • Are registered sex offenders.


Referrals will be accepted from a wide variety of sources including (but not limited to): psychiatric facilities, physicians, outpatient mental health agencies, health home care managers, family members and friends, and self-referrals. Click here to download the CRISIS RESPITE CENTER REFERRAL FORM

Emails will typically be answered within 24-hours. If you are experiencing a crisis, please contact your medical provider or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


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