Stonebridge is a community residence program located in a pleasant, historic residential area near downtown Saratoga Springs, NY, which places pharmacies, hospital and day treatment programs all within walking distance of the house. This Victorian home received an award by the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation in 1992. The Stonebridge program provides a safe, supportive and home-like environment to men and women who have serious and persistent mental illnesses. Stonebridge program provides 24-hour supervision to thirteen individuals who directly participate in the selection of rehabilitative interventions that will assist them in the attainment of their work, social, community living, academic, mental health and behavioral goals. Optimum length of stay in the residence is 12 to 18 months for eleven of the thirteen beds, but can vary due to clinical need and resident choice. Anticipated length of stay is discussed with each resident at the time of intake or admission.
Diversion Program: Stonebridge provides a two-bed Diversion Program, which is available to adult men and women who are recipients of services from the Saratoga County mental health system. These beds are used to provide shelter, structure, supervision and support to clients in order to deter a crisis and/or avoid unnecessary hospitalizations. Length of stay is dependent upon need, up to a maximum of 30 days. Extensions may be granted with administrative approval. Diversion clients are entitled to utilize all existing Stonebridge program services. Referrals are currently geographically restricted to Saratoga County residents.
Certification: Stonebridge is certified by the New York State Office of Mental Health and is operated by Transitional Services Assoc-iation, 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: Stonebridge is located at 95 Van Dam Street, within a residential neighborhood in Saratoga Springs. Stonebridge is within 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 Stonebridge 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 in-dividual 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 residents with other service 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 Stonebridge by mental health practitioners from both hospital and outpatient settings.