Parachute Respite Centers


Stateline investigates new respite centers in New York City, where people in psychological crises can find an alternative to checking into a hospital.

“Parachute’s respite centers have no medical staff, no medications, no locks or curfews and no mandatory activities,” reports Stateline. “Relatively rare in the U.S., respite centers like this one cost a fraction of the price of a hospital stay, and can be far more effective at helping people avoid a psychotic break, severe mood swing or suicidal episode… Launched in 2013 by the city’s public health department, Parachute NYC includes mobile treatment units and phone counseling in addition to the four brick-and-mortar respite centers.”

Keeping the Mentally Ill Out of Hospitals (Stateline, May 15, 2015)