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About Our Centers

People can and do recover from the impact of psychiatric impairments, disability, and trauma. Our two Centers for Recovery and Wellness – Pollack Center in Ronkonkoma and Synergy Center in Riverhead – offer services based upon national evidence-based rehabilitation research. Using individual and classroom-based modalities, our well-trained staff engages each participant to identify their own overall recovery goals and the specific barriers that have obstructed his/her path to a happy, healthy, and productive life. These Centers operate under the Personalized Recovery-Oriented Services (PROS) licenses from the New York State Office of Mental Health.


Ronkonkoma Pollack Center

939 Johnson Avenue
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
(631) 471-7242 x1324
Contact: Jean Forrest – jforrest@mhaw.org

Riverhead Synergy Center

1380 Roanoke Avenue, 1st Floor
Riverhead, NY 11901
(631) 369-0022 x 1213
Contact: Julie Wisher – jwisher@mhaw.org


Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs

As a single mother of a son with multiple disabilities, life was difficult and I found myself isolating and sleeping all day. My therapist recommended I go to MHAW. It wasn’t easy at first because I had a lot of anger issues, but after two years I started talking to members and staff, slowly opened up, and began working one-on-one with a counselor. I now come five days a week and am working on becoming a peer specialist, having completed three courses online with plans to soon enroll into the Peer Specialist Training program. I volunteer at the front desk, the kitchen, and the food pantry and enjoy life now. ~ Ruth

Our centers assist participants to achieve goals of work, education, social connection, housing, community involvement, and health; overcoming the impact of psychiatric illness and disability that have obstructed these personal goals is a primary focus Such barriers often include learning impairments, substance abuse, physical and health challenges, poverty, homelessness, or family distress. Our Centers actively employ creative and expressive arts, symptom management strategies, adventure-based activities, peer support strategies, and cognitive remediation techniques– are all integral to helping people challenge personal barriers and rebuild their lives in recovery.

Eligibility and Fees – To be eligible for assistance, a person must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a designated mental illness diagnosis
  • Have a functional disability due to the severity and duration of the mental illness.
  • Medicaid covers the costs of PROS-licensed program participation. Medicare, SSAs Ticket to Work, and sliding-scale fees also help to cover program and service fees where applicable.

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Employment & Career Services

We have helped hundreds of people to return to work and school in order to jump-start or resume their careers. Through a range of a range of services offered to help people in recovery, we assist participants to overcome the impact of illness and disability that may have previously obstructed their career path.

Fees: Medicaid covers the costs of PROS program participation. Medicare, SSAs Ticket to Work, and sliding-scale fees also help to offset program fees as applicable.

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