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Program Information
Program Name: The Empowerment Center
Year the Program was Started: 1994
Public Contact Person: James Rye
Address: 60 South Third Avenue
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
Telephone #: (914) 699-5036
Fax #: (914) 699-5030
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Advocacy, Drop-in Center, Technical Assistance
Target Participants:
Persons on Inpatient Units, Persons who are Homeless
Program Setting:
Program Owned or Leased Facility (leased store front, community residence)
Annual Program Budget: Over $400,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 10-20
Paid Part-Time: 20+
Volunteers: 20+
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: All
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website, Other
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: Our goal is to infuse recovery into all aspects of mental health.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: We have used a number of instruments through HSRI Measuring the Promise, The ROSI, Advance Directive research, and others
Program Mission Statement: Mission Statement The Empowerment Center is a grassroots not-for-profit organization providing mutual support for the recovery of people with psychiatric disabilities. Through advocacy, education and the establishment of healing environments, we work to create community, promote individual responsibility, and protect our rights and dignity.
Additional Information: Our Past accomplishments include: employing 40 people who have been on the receiving end of mental health services Peer Advocates in 6 hospitals, 3 counties Conducted 18 Peer Advocacy Trainings Graduated 300 Peer Advocates Operate two Peer Support Centers A Toll Free Peer Support Line Manage a program to feed the homeless Alternative mental health resource center, Operate a Staewide Coalition of groups and organizations, We have received the NYS Executive Chamber's Certificate of Governor's Appreciation NYS Senate Resolution of Appreciation Rockland Psychiatric Center's Advocacy Recognition Award We invite all visitors of the Self Help Clearing House's Directory to visit our two websites: and Thank You for reading about our organization. James Rye, Executive Director

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