Hammond House is a community residence program which provides 24-hour supervision and support to a target population of men and women who are working towards recovery from both psychiatric and substance use disorders. Hammond House is committed to the provision of services which are effective and efficient, and delivered in a respectful, humane manner. The staff believes that growth and change are possible for any individual who is provided a safe, structured, and therapeutic environment which is conducive to sobriety. Residents and staff define treatment goals in a collaborative effort so that the resident progresses in planned, manageable, and measurable ways. Growth towards greater independence is achieved through the practice of effective living skills and improved self esteem in a supportive, structured milieu. Integral to the program philosophy, mental illness and substance abuse are a co-existing illness that require a sensitive approach to concurrent treatment.
Certification: Hammond House is certified by the New York State Office of Mental Health and is operated by Transitional Services Association, Inc. of Saratoga Springs. TSA is a private, not-for-profit agency designed to provide a range of residential support services to children and adults who are in transition to less restrictive environments.
Location: Hammond House is a large Victorian style home located at 162 Circular Street in Saratoga Springs. It is in a residential neighborhood and is within easy walking distance to both downtown shopping and support services.
- Food and shelter in a safe and healthy environment
- Twenty-four hour supervision
- Education and assistance with daily living skills
- Goal oriented service planning directed toward more independent living
- Training in money management
- Service coordination with other agencies
- Guidance with establishing and maintaining social relationships
- Advocacy and support in meeting both physical and mental health needs
- Crisis intervention
- Guided practice in conflict resolution and stress management
- Structured recreational program
Staffing: Services at Hammond House are provided by well trained and qualified staff who are capable of both teaching and modeling effective coping techniques. Counselors are highly sensitive, flexible and patient in the supervision of residents and set limits in a way that is clear, consistent, and supportive. Staff act as individual resident counselors and advocates and have regular contact with various parts of the larger mental health system. Such communication enables us to consistently coordinate treatment plans for our resident s with other providers.
Admission Criteria: Prospective residents must be at least 18 years old and have a primary diagnosis of psychiatric illness. They should be in need of 24-hour supervision and must agree to adhere to individual service plans and the rules of the program. There is an expectation of motivation and potential to improve functional skills as well as movement toward more independent living.
Program Fee: The monthly fee for each resident is based on the current SSI rate for eligible people. Most residents pay this fee with income received from federal, state and/or local funding sources.
Referral Information: Referrals are made to Hammond House by mental health practitioners from both hospital and outpatient settings.