Gateway Counseling Center

Mission Statement & Services 

Gateway’s organizational vision is a just, humane and safe society in which all people are accorded resources, dignity and the opportunity to achieve their full potential through meaningful social inclusion that is free from discrimination.

Gateway’s organizational mission is a dedication to promoting mental health and rehabilitative services to a severely and persistently mentally ill population and developmentally-disabled population by establishing a safe environment that supports quality services for our clients and individuals.

Each program at Gateway has its own unique purpose and goals:

To serve adult individuals with severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses who are vulnerable to stress and are in need of clinical support and assistance through its Continuing Group Day Treatment Program. Its therapeutic framework helps each individual achieve the highest possible level of functioning and independence while avoiding frequent hospitalizations. GCC offers the highest quality of service to every person accepted for treatment. GCC’s staff coordinates, integrates and oversees comprehensive services which enhance the person’s coping skills, develops social networking and reduces the stigma of mental illness. This program is certified by the New York State Office of Mental Health (“OMH”).

 

To serve adult individuals who are diagnosed as developmentally disabled through its Group Day Habilitation Program. This program facilitates Individuals to increase their independence, productivity, individuality and inclusion in the non-disabled community. Group Day Habilitation offers the highest quality of “person centered” service to every individual accepted. GCC’s staff coordinates and integrates comprehensive services with residential providers which enhance Individuals’ social, coping and vocational skills. This program is certified by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (“OPWDD”).

 

To serve adult individuals who are diagnosed as developmentally disabled through its Supplemental Group Day Habilitation Program at hours when traditional Group Day Habilitation services are not available. The Supplemental Group Day Habilitation program facilitates Individuals in increasing their socialization, building relationships, increasing recreation, independence, productivity, individuality and inclusion in the non-disabled community. Supplemental Group Day Habilitation offers the highest quality of “person centered” service to every individual accepted. GCC’s staff coordinates and provides services which enhance Individuals’ social, coping and recreational skills. This program is certified by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

 

To serve individuals who are diagnosed with a developmental disability with coordination of services through its Medicaid Service Coordination (“MSC”) program. The Medicaid Service Coordination Program offers Individuals and their families advocacy, representation and assistance in obtaining short-term and long-term developmental disability services.

 

Through its ADVANCE Program, GCC addresses individuals’ specific developmental and behavioral management needs within a family context to increase functional skills and adaptive behaviors in the community. This program offers a “person centered,” family oriented, linguistic/culturally assertive approach that provides psycho-social services which are not otherwise available in traditionally designed programs. This program is part of Family Support Services under the supervision of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (“OPWDD”).

To serve individuals who are diagnosed with a developmental disability with coordination of services through its Community Habilitation (Comm Hab) program. Community Habilitation services are habilitation services that are provided to individuals who do not reside in a residence which is certified or operated by OPWDD.  Community Habilitation services can be delivered at any non-certified location, including the individual's home.  Supports include adaptive skill development, assistance with activities of daily living (hands-on), community inclusion and relationship building, training and support for independence in travel, transportation, adult educational supports, development of social skills, leisure skills, self-advocacy and informed choice skills, and appropriate behavior development to help the individual access their community. This program is certified by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

 History 

In 1988, Gateway was founded on the principle that all individuals—including those with psychiatric illness and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities—deserve to live happy, productive, independent lives.

Since opening its doors, Gateway has served more than a thousand clients by pioneering innovative programs that speak to them not only as individuals, but as shareholders in the larger community around them. Gateway’s provision of licensed programmatic services in Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn is ever expanding with and without walls.