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Second Chance Program

The Second Chance Program is an inpatient psychosocial rehabilitation program for individuals with primary psychotic disorder illnesses (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder) who are having difficulty stabilizing in the hospital or have a history of frequent hospitalizations. The program’s mission is to teach and encourage adaptive social, communication, and community living skills. Second Chance uses evidence-based treatments such as cognitive remediation, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for psychosis, manualized skills training groups, medication management, and recovery-focused groups. 

Our comprehensive unit-based social learning program provides ongoing feedback and rewards individuals for practicing behaviors that will help sustain them in the community and support their health and wellbeing. Medication treatments are used to reduce active symptoms while minimizing their impact on day to day functioning. Supervised activities in real-world settings help participants apply newly learned skills of daily living. The program assists with housing placements and arranges for outpatient treatment and support services for participants to continue the recovery process upon return to the community setting.

Appointments & Referrals

Our inpatient and outpatient programs are run by highly skilled psychiatrists and psychologists with sub-specialty training in areas ranging from addiction to sleep disorders. To learn more about our inpatient services or to be admitted for inpatient treatment, please call 888-694-5700. To learn more about our outpatient services or to find a psychiatrist, please call 877-NYP-WELL.

Please note, if this is an emergency, please dial 9-1-1 or visit your local emergency department. For free and confidential support from trained mental health professionals, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or NYC Well at 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355).

Refer a patient

At NewYork-Presbyterian, we treat a diverse patient population with conditions ranging from the most common to the rarest and most complex. Clinicians in private practice or at other hospitals are welcome to refer their patient to NewYork-Presbyterian. Please call 888-694-5700 to arrange a referral.