Faith Mission Crisis Center Inc

Call (718) 322-3455×109 to contact Faith Mission Crisis Center Inc

114-40 Van Wyck Expwy
Queens, NY 11420


Faith Mission Alcohol Crisis Center is classified as a faith based crisis center in Ozone Park, New York. Their name is a bit misleading. They are actually a substance abuse and mental health crisis center in practice. This 36 bed facility provides a safe and secure environment for those who need to stabilize and detoxify from dangerous addictions before continuing on to a full recovery center.

Faith Mission Crisis Center’s mission is to provide quality compassionate care for any person who is under the influence of any of the dangerous substances. They understand that drug and alcohol addiction are both treatable diseases. Although they do not advocate any one faith in particular, they do believe that faith is a vital part of substance abuse recovery and spirituality is the key to overall health and wellness.

It is important to note they are not part of any particular religious organization. They are spiritual rather than religious and accept any person in need regardless of their religious affiliation. Any adult with a history of substance or alcohol abuse is eligible. Those who need to be medically monitored or are at serious risk of relapse are given priority.

The Faith Mission Crisis Center firmly believes that no one should be refused treatment on the basis that they cannot pay. All services are 100 percent free. The Faith Mission Crisis Center is funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and has a contract with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. They are also funded by the New York Human Resources Administration and private donors.

The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services of New York State licenses Faith Mission Crisis Center to provide substance abuse and mental health services to its patients. Although the majority of our clients are males, women are also welcome. The serve men and women regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or ability to pay.

All admissions to the Faith Mission Crisis Center are voluntary. You can leave this faith based center any time you would like although it is not recommended by staff or counselors. After detoxification and the beginning of counseling, you will be referred to the best treatment program to suit your needs. This could at an inpatient or outpatient clinic.

You also have the right to refuse any treatment available and only take part in the portions that you feel that you need. This means that you do not have to take part I religious or other sessions although it is highly recommended that you do.

Even if you are not a candidate for the Faith Mission Crisis Center, you will receive referrals to a treatment center than can help you. No one is simply turned away because of lack of space, you will always have options.


The amenities at Faith Mission Center do not come in the form of fancy grounds or luxury rooms but though our commitment to treatment and recovery. You will have three nutritious meals a day with a warm bed and medically supervised care. If you are interested in continued treatment you can take part in the many different group, individual, and spiritual counseling sessions available.

As a completely voluntary facility, you can check yourself out at any time. The do not believe in keeping people at the treatment facility who have no desire to be treated. This is unlike many other treatment centers where you have to complete a certain amount of the program in order to succeed.

Faith Mission Crisis Center also have a very high success rate with 80 percent of people achieving a safe detoxification and withdrawal. Nearly 50 percent go to continuing care for recovery and almost 80 percent of those who do not have homes receive transitional or supportive housing services.


Since Faith Mission Crisis Center is only a small 36 bed facility, it has relatively strict admissions criteria. The criteria for admission are:

  • People that are intoxicated and in a situational crisis
  • People that absolutely need medical supervision to remain off the drugs or alcohol
  • People that want to and are likely to complete the detoxification and continue through treatment
  • People that are well enough to benefit from care, this means that there are certain circumstances such as severe mental illness or physical disability that require more supervision and other services than can be provided at the facility

Those who do not meet these criteria will be referred to the best treatment center that can suit their needs. No one is absolutely turned away from Faith Mission Crisis Center. Some patients who are too ill to be released due to a mental or physical condition may stay at the center for up to 14 days while they are waiting for services from another facility.

After admission, patients undergo a complete evaluation and at least three days of intensive therapy and counseling. This therapy is usually individual therapy although group sessions are not unheard of. This is to promote continuing treatment and help the patient to establish independence and encourage personal responsibility for their actions and addiction. Spiritual or faith based counseling is also available.

After the initial intensive counseling, patients participate in individual counseling at least two times per week while they are waiting to transfer to a recovery facility. The majority of the individual counseling that you will participate in focuses on crisis management and intervention as well as establishing treatment goals.

During the first day of treatment, trained medical staff monitors your vitals every half hour. This is to insure that you are not experiencing any adverse reactions to withdrawal or medication therapy. After that, your vitals will be taken at least twice a day to insure continuing medical stability. There are many drugs where stopping suddenly can cause serious problems. These problems can cause severe injury, illness, and even death. Faith Mission Crisis Center is a medically monitored facility and patients suffering from life threatening withdrawal are given priority.

The frequency of counseling depends on your needs. Counseling is designed to motivate you and establish your needs and goals. Most people benefit from goal directed and spiritual counseling throughout their treatment.

Group counseling is also available to help you with interpersonal skills and give you a peer supported network. Some common methods are directed group therapy and 12 step facilitation therapy.


Faith Mission Crisis Center specializes in treating those in crisis situations. This means that the majority of their clients are either in desperate need of detoxification or are in crisis. They use a faith or spiritual based approach to helping these people to overcome their crisis and find the recovery program that they need.

Most people stay at the facility from a few days up to 14 days while they are either figuring out what their next step is or waiting for a bed in a longer term recovery center. Faith Mission Crisis Center operates as more of a crisis intervention facility than a full treatment center.

The spiritual aspects of their treatment are one of their most important specialties. They help you to realize that faith is a beneficial tool to help you recover from addiction. They do this through spiritual oriented counseling that includes the 12 step spiritual principles. They believe that you have the ability to change regardless of your current circumstances. This belief allows them to treat anyone in any situation.

They treat:

  • Alcohol detoxification and crisis
  • Cocaine, methamphetamine, and other stimulant crisis and detoxification
  • Heroin and opiate crisis and detoxification
  • Other drugs or behavioral issues that need immediate medical monitoring
  • Those in imminent danger of relapse due to a variety of circumstances

The do this through medication, medical monitoring, and intensive therapy. Although the majority of their services are either medical or counseling, they also offer referral and treatment options for those who want to recover but do not know where to go.

You can also participate in discharge planning for continuing treatment. This is a very important part of the crisis intervention process. Crisis intervention is a short term solution to a long term problem. When you solve the current crisis, it might be easy to return to old habits and end up right back where you started. Faith Mission Crisis Center works to stop this from happening through the counseling they provide and their referral services.

Faith Mission is only the first step on the journey to employment, independence, and a future without dangerous drugs or alcohol.


Maurice Lacy is the director of the Faith Mission Crisis Center. His 15 plus years of experience in the addiction industry, help him to teach and motivate the individuals that he counsels.

A Board of Directors that is composed of a variety of different community members including those who have completed recovery governs Faith Mission Crisis Center. The board members are:

  • Roy Kearse President
  • Elizabeth Tremaine Vice Chair
  • Harry Scott 2nd Vice Chair
  • Alan Sirowitz Member

Faith Mission Crisis Center is staffed by:

  • Andre Jones Senior Counselor
  • Angela Figueroa Kitchen Supervisor
  • Anthony Corbie Primary Counselor
  • Branson Gist Maintenance Supervisor
  • Cassandra Alexander Supervisor (Weekend)
  • Charles Carlson Office Manager
  • Devon McCauley Social Worker (Evening)
  • Diane Brathwaite Nursing Manager
  • Donald Prayag Evening Counselor
  • Elizabeth Cohen Social Worker
  • Hiram Rampersaude Nurse
  • Hula Ewing Nurse
  • Krystal Black Primary Counselor
  • Latoya Burrell Bookkeeper
  • Leon St. Martin Security
  • Lisa Slosberg Primary Counselor
  • Maurice A.Lacey MSW,MSEd,CASAC Executive Director
  • Michelle Henry Fiscal Officer
  • Myra Sanabria Intake Administrator
  • Natisha Carolina Security
  • Nichole Finch Nursing Director
  • Tysheka Ashe Nurse

Each staff member is fully qualified and licensed to perform his or her individual duties. All staff members are also required to participate in continuing education so that they stay up to date on all the latest techniques. This continuing education includes cultural acceptance and competency, treatment strategies, ethics, CPR and First Aid, relapse prevention and discharge planning.

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