Referrals and Resources
On the Purchase College Bus Loop
*Please note that payment methods accepted by practitioners vary- private pay, sliding scale, insurance, Medicaid. Inquire when calling. Updated Fall 2019
- Family Services of Westchester (FSW) - WP Loop: 7-11 South Broadway, White Plains; Phone (914) 948-8004 - ask for Lindsay March, x 22; wait list 1 month; FSW does not accept BlueCross BlueShield, Pomco, Aetna, Cigna or UMR
- Family Services of Westchester (FSW) - Portchester Loop: 1 Gateway Plaza Portchester; Phone (914) 305-6837, ask for Lupita DeLuccia; Flexible or morning hours can be seen within a few weeks; longer wait for after school hours
- Mental Health Association - WP Loop: 300 Hamilton Avenue, White Plains: Phone (914) 345-0700; No wait list; Walk-In Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Insurance accepted: Medicaid and Medicare
- New York Presbyterian Hospital - WP Loop: 21 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, NY; Phone (914) 997-4081, At least 4 week wait list; No walk in hours - call for appointment; For emergencies call: toll free 888-694-5700 (24/7) for crisis intervention through NYP Evaluation Center; Accepts most insurances
- Open Door Medical Center - Port Chester Loop: 5 Grace Church Street, Port Chester; Phone (914) 937-8899; provides comprehensive medical care. Interested students will need to receive their medical care from Open Door and be referred to to the mental health services if medical intake deems it ss appropriate. No waiting list; Students can call and schedule their appointments; No walk-ins; Please see their webpage for hours of operation.
- RDC for Counseling and Human Development - WP Loop: 52 North Broadway, White Plains (by Pace University Law School); Phone (914) 798-1300; Commitment to affordable counseling for all; Accepts many insurances; Call to make an appointment, leave a clear message with your name and phone number; No walk-ins
- Therapy Center of New York - WP Loop: 34 South Broadway, White Plains; Phone (914) 946-4700 ( ask for Nia); No walk-ins, must call to schedule an appointment; Have your insurance card handy, ask for a provider who accepts your insurance; Insurance accepted: Self-pay, BCBS, Cigna, United Health Care (not the community plan), Oxford
- Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) - WP Loop: 845 North Broadway, White Plains; Phone; (914) 761-0600 (ask for Eliana); Waiting list - 1 to 2 months; No walk-ins; Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- White Plains Hospital - WP Loop: Mental Health Clinic; 20 Davis Avenue, White Plains (914) 681-1078; Medicaid, Medicare, and private accepted; Individual and group counseling, medication management.
Off the Purchase College Bus Loop
- St. Vincent’s Hospital: 275 North St., Harrison, NY 10528; (914) 925-5320; Outpatient services call for evaluation & referral appointment; Walk-in hours from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Bring photo ID and insurance card; Accepts most insurances
- Manhattan Alternative is a search engine of intersectional mental health providers for LGBTQIA and BIPoC people in NYC
- Westchester County Behavioral and Mental Health Sites search engine.
- SUNY Mental Health website.
- In the Rooms is a free online recovery tool that offers 130 weekly online meetings for those recovering from addiction and related issues that embraces multiple pathways to recovery including all 12 Step and Non-12 Step options.
- Locator: find a remote meeting to join: presented by NY Inter Group
- Mountainside Virtual Friends and Family Support Group
- Narcotics Anonymous by phone - links and call in information
- Online Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings
- SAFE Project: SAFE is a national nonprofit working to end the nation’s addiction epidemic
- SAMSA Find Help: Resource for finding help for mental health and substance use concerns
- Sex Addicts Anonymous: a tool to help find local virtual meetings
- Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART): SMART Recovery Online’s mutual support meetings are free and open to anyone seeking science-based, self-empowered addiction recovery.
- The Phoenix: Recovery Community Organization offering live stream Crossfit, Yoga and Meditation daily every two hours.
- We Connect has partnered with Unity Recovery to offer free online support meetings that are open to anyone in recovery!
- Westchester Chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence referral resource
- Unity Recovery/WEConnect - this link opens a zoom meeting at the following times: 7 days a week, 9am, 12pm, 3pm and 9pm
- Drug Treatment Center Finder - Find the right drug treatment provider in any state or city.
- ForDrugHelp - Guide to treatment or recovery options in the Hudson Valley, New York.
- Daytop Samaritan Village Behavioral Health Services
- Open Door Port Chester Behavioral Health Services
- Phelps Hospital Behavioral Health
- St. Joseph’s Hospital Addiction Treatment Services
- St. Vincent’s Harrison Outpatient Behavioral Health Treatment
- St. Vincent’s White Plains Hospital Outpatient Behavioral Health Treatment
- Silver Hill Hospital, New Canaan, CT
- Contact Purchase College Counseling and Behavioral Health Services and request a referral appointment
- Go to Psychology Today Therapist Finder and use the filters to find look for a therapist or psychiatrist.
- Use your insurance company’s “Find a provider” function on their website.
- Call the toll free number on the back of your insurance card for a list of providers.
- Use Zocdoc to find a provider in the area who takes your insurance and has an open appointment in the immediate future.
Keep in mind your transportation needs
Students who will rely on The Loop bus service for off campus appointments should ask for providers in White Plains or Port Chester. Students with other means to get off campus can ask for a list of therapists near Purchase, NY.
Prepare to call providers to schedule an appointment
Before making the call: who do you need? psychiatrist (a medical doctor) or psychiatric nurse practitioner to prescribe medication; a therapist to provide mental health counseling; or both
- Have your insurance information at hand
- Have a list of symptoms for which you are seeking help
- Know the days and times you are available for appointments
Calling the provider
Be ready to leave a message with your name and number – many providers in private practice have answering services and will call you back; be prepared to call more than once.
When you are speaking with a provider or clinic staff:
- Verify that the provider takes your insurance
- If they do not take insurance, ask for a Sliding Scale fee
- Ask how long each session will be
- Ask if there is a separate fee for intake than for the follow up sessions
- Ask how much your co-pay (your out-of-pocket fee each session) will cost
- Ask if there is paperwork that you need to fill out before your first session
- If you have had previous treatment and you want continuity of care, be prepared to share your previous treatment providers contact information and to sign a consent to release information.