I'm an RN in the Bronx. My relative was a client of this organization. The experience was chaotic, traumatic, and inhumane. The services advertised on their web page were non existent. Only occasional
groups run by inexperienced, non credentialed workers who make a lot of phone calls, empty promises, and change their employees like I change my socks. I don't think they pay very well either. These so called non profit organizations get their money from Medicaid, a total waste of our tax payer dollars. I'm sure someone is profiting. They even stopped serving their cheap cheese sandwiches at group! What a joke.
The worst experience I have ever had. You sign up, they claim to care and promise to help and you are lost in the cracks. Workers change every few weeks and and they make promises they cannot keep. The persons running this program in my opinion do not care about the disabled, and in 8 months affiliated with them I was horrified at what I saw.
This was and possibly still is a tremednously valuable organization. I got involved and helped incorporate CHOICE many years ago. I remember working with Sarah, Joshua and Deborah for many years as a Board Member/Advisor. Unfortunately, I cannot give it five stars since I left the Westchester area for California back in 1999 and have now lost touch with the staff and Board of CHOICE. It was founded on the two principles of simply helping people and sharing common experiences, joys and frustrations, although I cannot remember what was written for the Articles of Incorporation. Working with CHOICE was one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences of my life.
CHOICE is no longer the fine organization that it once was. Apparently a coup d'etat on the Board resulrted in the dismissal of the excellent Executive Director Joshua Koerner and Assistant Director Deborah. These two remarkable individuals led to a viable mission driven organization based upon excellence. Now that standard is unfortunately a thing of the past.
I had the privilege to serve as Board Chair when CHOICE was located in a crowded office above a pet store. I have witnessed the growth a of a highly professional organization which serves individuals with disabilities with respect and dignity. CHOICE has consistently provided commmunity support through consistent and tireless advocacy for peopple who would otherwise be discarded by a mental system which is a fomidable labyrinth to negotiate. Hundres of clients now have excellent stable and safe housing due to the tenacity of a dedicated and knowledgeable staff. The services are exceptional as they are performed with the comapassion and empathy of a staff who has been through the system themselves. They are indeed CONSUMERS who CARE.
I love this organization - great minds and mission make an effective combination to help mentally ill people and to eradicate the stigma of mental illness. Peer advocacy creates trust and people from all walks of life are met with understanding and compassion. Their programs are on target while government help is failing.
A worthwhile agency to donate to as the money is spent on their programs not on marketing.
As a Board Member and consumer, I have had the opportunity to observe and be a part of the body that governs and oversees CHOICE. I have seen first-hand the kinds of policies that have effectively shaped and guided the organization. CHOICE provides services that are in great need, and the staff brings to the table a sensitivity born of shared experience.
Choice of News Rochelle is run by a sincere and experienced team of dedicated people providing peer advocacy and supportive case management. They deeply understand the needs of their clients and how to help guide them toward greater independence and a better quality of life. One thing that makes them stand out is their focus on evaluating the quality of their programs and their unceasing effort to deliver their services in the most effective and efficient manner in order to provide ever-greater value to those their clients. Choice is an exemplar of what a peer-run organization for people with mental illness ought to be!
CHOICE is an established, successful agency offering advocacy and support in a variety of areas to persons who are struggling with, and recovering from, emotional and mental stress. CHOICE is peer-run and provides not only excellent services but also person-centered support to its clients in a variety of settings.
As an administrator of a mental health agency in Westchester, I call upon colleagues at CHOICE for assistance in our work with clients and for training expertise for our employees. Staff at CHOICE are always responsive, knowledgable and are a real asset to our community. CHOICE staff also provide expert training workshops to the attendees at the annual conference of the New York State Case Management Coalition.
CHOICE has served its participants in an extremely person-centered way since its inception. The staff at CHOICE work with many people who have struggled with other organizations. They are caring and work to assist their participants in as many areas of their lives as possible. At one time (about 13 years ago), I also served as a CHOICE Board Member and Secretary.