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Pilgrim Psychiatric Center
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After the dark days of facilities like Willowbrook and other well-known places in our area, it’s extremely clear that we never want to go backwards. RISE Life Services elevates the lives of each person throughout our programs. Help us to keep building a sturdy future for all of those who depend on us. Welcome to our Advocacy page, where you can find out more information about how to make a difference and support RISE Life Services through sharing the most powerful asset available…your voice.

Facilities like the shuttered one pictured here, as well as many others, are unfortunately how the story began. We never want to go back to a facility-based residential program. As long as our funding continues through New York State, then we can continue to move forward with our programs and the level of care we have provided for over 35 years.

Read the tragic story of Willowbrook by clicking here.



RISE Life Services Residence
Photo by M. Lander/Dispatch Press Images

The photo pictured above is one of the beautiful residences within our Mental Health Program. We are proud to say that our 32 homes throughout all programs bring each person comfort, a sense of family and friendship, and most importantly – the care that they need.


Advocacy + Elected Officials

Please use the following New York State directory of contact information to share why funding is crucial to our agency.

Click here for a sample letter we have prepared for you to send to New York State officials to say: Stop cutting funding to our services!

Albany Skyline c/o NYS Gov.

New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
The Honorable Kathy Hochul
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Click here to send Governor Kathy Hochul a message.

New York State Finance Committee
Chair, NY State Senator Liz Krueger, 28th Senate District
Click here to send Senator Krueger a message.

New York State Assembly
Speaker Carl E. Heastie

Click here for the New York State Assembly Directory and Contact Information

New York State Senators
Find your senator by clicking here. 

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, East End of Suffolk County, Long Island
Click here to send Senator LaValle a message.


For more information about our Parent Advocacy group, or how you can get involved with this effort, please email Claudia at


Pilgrim header photo by M. Lander/Dispatch Press Images