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Agencies Partner to Provide Mental Health Services at Lockport's Peer Recovery Respite Center

by Christian Hoffman

Public Open House to be held Wednesday, May 20 from 3-6 p.m.

Thu, May 14th 2015 10:00 am

LOCKPORT, N.Y. - For those living with mental illness in Eastern Niagara County, treatment options for psychiatric symptoms in recent years have been inadequate, or lacking. This inability to access of resources has often resulted in multiple trips to emergency rooms, creating drains on budgets and increased wait times, while still failing to meet the needs of these individuals.

With this in mind, the Peer Recovery Respite Center, located at 344 Walnut St. in Lockport, was created as a result of a partnership between Healthy Minds of Niagara, Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, Inc., the Mental Health Association in Niagara County and the Niagara County Department of Mental Health. Unique to this program is its peer-operated aspect, where over half of the program's staff identify as having lived experience themselves.

Launched in March, the Peer Recovery Respite Center will hold a public Open House on Wednesday, May 20 from 3-6 p.m. Highlighting the event will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:15 p.m. with Sen. Robert G. Ortt, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. RSVP's are requested by Monday, May 18 to Deborah Owens-Williamson at 716-285-3403 x.2240 or

The program was developed to provide services to Niagara County Adults in a home-like, safe and secure environment. The Center offers four respite beds for hospital diversion, temporary housing, symptom management and as a rest or relief from stressors to current living situations. Also offered is a Recovery Line, providing face-to-face meetings and/or phone support to prevent the onset of an emotional crisis. Therapeutic support and intervention services are offered through the Mobile Transitional Support Team, specifically helping those in transition during this critical time.

The Center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The program can be reached at 716-433-6543, and is made possible through funding from the Niagara County Department of Mental Health, and the New York State Office of Mental Health.


By The Numbers...

In 2023, Community Missions provided:

12,108 nights of shelter

178,696 meals

2,780 individuals with clothing

3,562 care days in Youth Services

43,388 care days in Recovery Services

72,302 care days in Housing Services

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