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Residential - Behavioral Health


The WellLife Network’s innovative housing programs and support services, located throughout New York City and Long Island, offer supportive environments to some 1,000 people with mental illness and formerly homeless individuals. WellLife Network housing promotes living with dignity. Building upon the strengths and preferences of each individual, we encourage and support wellness, self-determination and recovery.

Our Approach

For more than 36 years, the WellLife Network has been a leader in creating an array of recovery-based housing, from service-enriched community residences and apartments to independent living arrangements with ongoing supports. The goal is to provide an environment that supports individuals to further their recovery and live independently within the community.

WellLife Network Behavioral Health Residential Programs serve individ­uals in Manhattan Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Long Island, providing more than 350 units. Specialized housing is also available for individuals who require wheelchair accessibility and who also have a mental illness. Programs are funded through the state and city such as The New York State Office of Mental Health and The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Housing Alternatives

WellLife Network offers the following housing alternatives:

Community Residences in Queens and Brooklyn provide 24-hour, 7-day-a-week on-site supervision for people with mental illness and who are able to leave hospital care, but are not yet ready for inde­pendent living. Residents receive guidance and support in personal and community living skills and monitoring of their prescribed medications. Individuals are also encouraged to participate in rehabilitation and vocational program activities outside of their residence.

Community Residences/Single Room Occupancy (CR/SRO) in Queens and Long Island, offer living in (24/7) supervised buildings with on-site staffing where individuals live in their own studio apartments with efficiency kitchens and private bathrooms.

Supported SRO (SP/SRO) in Brooklyn and the Bronx offers mixed use independent, permanent housing living arrangements. On-site case management is offered where individuals live in their own studio apartments with efficiency kitchens and private bathrooms.

Apartment Treatment Programs in Brooklyn and Queens provide a bridge from supervised residences to more independent living programs. Residents have their own room in a shared apartment. WellLife Network staff makes visits to assist residents in developing their living skills and increasing their participation in the community.

Supported Apartment Programs offer people community living in a shared apartment. WellLife Network staff provides living skills training and case management services as needed. Apartments are located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.


For more information regarding referrals to Behavioral Health Residential Programs, contact:

BH Residential IntakeTel. 917.563.3347/3348

Razor's Edge Forum
A Cut Above In Residential Treatment
<p>The neighborhood barbershop has long held a special place in the American culture. For more than a hundred years, it has provided a safe haven where people can feel free to share their feelings in an environment that encourages and celebrates diverse opinions. WellLife recently launched the first Razor's Edge Forum initiative to explore whether a barbershop setting could help members of the house open lines of dialogue to improve socialization.
Participants received a free haircut from a volunteer and voiced their views on various subjects. Conversation was lively with discussions focusing on the ongoing Presidential debates to 'small talk' about events at the home to the World Series. All residents, both men and women, participated and enjoyed this new venue. The discussion was very healthy and demonstrated to all the residential staff members that the individuals are ethical and have clear short and long-term life goals. Many of the men enjoyed the haircut Razor's
Edge provided.
<strong>Most importantly, all the residents had an opportunity to discuss their current life challenges, reconcile differences, laugh and joke with one another and understand that everyone in attendance was receiving assistance to regain their independence.</strong>
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