Hospital Diversion Programs

Hudson Valley

Home-Based Crisis Intervention Program (HBCI)

skyscrapers - child's artworkThe Astor Home-Based Crisis Intervention Program (HBCI), designed to prevent psychiatric hospitalization, is an intensive, short-term crisis intervention service and family education program. Astor provides this service under contract with the Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene.

Crisis intervention, home-based assessment & treatment planning, psycho-education, family & individual therapy, case management & referral services are provided by our interdisciplinary staff.

  • Consulting psychiatrist
  • Program supervisor
  • Three therapists

Therapists are available to families 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, to respond to a crisis situation.

HBCI Referral Process

Referrals to Astor’s HBCI Program are accepted from psychiatric hospital emergency services, schools, children’s mental health providers, other public agencies working with children and in-patient psychiatric hospitals.

HBCI Intake Criteria

  • The identified child and family in crisis is seeking an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization
  • The child is 18 years or younger and lives in Dutchess or Ulster County
  • The family wants to remain together at home


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Contact Us:

For more information or to make a referral to this program, contact:

HBCI Program Director
205 South Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Tel: (845) 554-1365
Fax: (845) 453-3033

More Information:

Program brochure (PDF file)

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