Emergency & Crisis Resources

The Connection Center is dedicated to providing non-academic support to students and their families. The Center has compiled this list of county, state, and national resources that offer support for physical and mental health, financial assistance, food and shelter assistance, legal services, and more.

If you are experiencing any hardship, for any reason, and need support or direction, contact The Connection Center at 845-574-4414.

Mental & General Health Resources

    • NY Office of Mental Health Emotional Support Line: 1-844-863-9314
      The Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. The line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling.
    • Crisis Text Line: Text GOT5 to 741741.
      An anonymous texting service available 24/7. Starting a conversation is easy.
    • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
      The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helpline provides 24/7 crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
    • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
      Advocates are available 24/7 to talk to anyone who is experiencing domestic violence, looking for information or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • NAMI ( National Alliance on Mental Illness) NYC: Call 212-684-3264 or email [email protected]
    • National Maternal Mental Health Hotline: 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746)
      The new National Maternal Mental Health Hotline provides 24/7, free, confidential support, resources and referrals to any pregnant and postpartum mothers facing mental health challenges and their loved ones. The service is available via phone and text in English or Spanish
    • Alcohol Rehab Guide
      Alcohol Rehab Guide is a public web guide sharing information on alcohol, addiction, and recovery. Alcohol Rehab Guide is a free resource available to anyone with an internet connection. If someone using our site decides to seek help, the hotline and chat are both free to use and a specialist will be able to match them with the best center that fits their needs. Payment would only happen at the chosen center and most/if not all take insurance.
    • Drug Rehab
      Our primary goal is to be an online informational hub for addiction information and recovery across the country. We also provide recovery options and connect individuals to treatment centers that fit their needs and location across the country as well.

Rockland County Resources

  • Food insecurity – Please visit http://www.rocklandhunger.org/ for a list of Rockland County food pantries and feeding programs.
  • Jobs/Unemployment – The Rockland Workforce Development Board’s website has information related to filing for unemployment, small business assistance and more: https://rocklandwork.org/covid19/
  • Legal Services of the Hudson Valley: Legal Assistance with unemployment issues, consumer protection, SNAP/HEAP/Medicaid/Temporary Assistance, SSI/SSD/Overpayment issues, elder law issues, employment/workers’ rights, and entitlement to federal and state benefits, eviction and foreclosure prevention, illegal lockout, issues with utility shut-offs, domestic violence (orders of protection, custody and visitation), immigration and any other civil Legal issue affecting a client’s basic human needs.
  • Mental Health Services
    • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Rockland Helpline: 845-359-8787
    • NAMI Rockland Family Peer Services and Spanish Support: 845-359-8784
    • Volunteer Counseling Services continues to offer vital mental health services during this difficult time. Call them at: 845-634-5729
    • Behavioral Health Response Team: For emergency services 24/7 call: 845-517-0400
    • Mental Health Association (MHA) of Westchester offers services in Rockland. Call 914-345-5900 ext 7350 for more information.

Westchester County Resources

Orange County Resources

  • Call United Way at 845-457-4774 for access to Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) funds.
  • Sacred Heart Church (845-446-2674), New Windsor Food Pantry (845-565-7750) and Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry
  • Orange County Hotline (Help with Food) Call: 800-832-1200