South Beach Psychiatric Center

South Beach Psychiatric Center, Inpatient Building

New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)

Connecting Patients to Care on Staten Island

Rising on the shores of Staten Island is a new $257 million inpatient building at the South Beach Psychiatric Center. When construction formally began in September 2016, it was a demonstration of resiliency and New York State’s commitment to transform mental health care for its most vulnerable residents.

The new 232,000-square-foot Ocean Breeze building will provide beds for 250 adults and 12 adolescents, replacing the Center’s 47-year-old buildings, some of which were flooded when Superstorm Sandy struck in October 2012. It is supported by low-cost, tax-exempt bonds issued by DASNY.

The new inpatient building will maximize opportunities for connections between care givers and their patients. It will keep families close to their loved ones. It will provide comfort and safety for healing and recovery.

“This modern, updated facility will reflect the goals of our agency: patient-centered care in a welcoming and safe environment focused on our agency’s pillars of recovery and hope,” said New York State Office of Mental Health Commissioner Dr. Ann Marie T. Sullivan. “We are excited about the future of South Beach as we continue to serve the communities of Staten Island and Brooklyn who rely on our services.”

From color and artwork to upgraded safety and security features, every element of the layout is being constructed with purpose. This will create an atmosphere that supports recovery, and allows patients to actively participate in their treatment. Throughout their stay, patients will experience a safe, healing environment.

Its configuration will support a team approach to direct patient care and facilitate collaboration by enhancing relationships between patients and staff to create opportunity for care to be tailored to individual patients. The facility will provide open and functional spaces for socialization. Patients will have improved access to recovery and skills-building programs, secure outdoor recreation areas, and family visitation settings.

Retail services such as snack bars, a beauty salon and a clothing boutique will provide stability. Dental and medical clinics will be available to patients as they advance in their recovery and grow in independence.

Patients, and the building, will also be better protected from the onslaught of increasingly powerful storms. The facility will be located 20 feet above sea level and almost 200,000 tons of soil was moved to the campus to create a berm to protect the building and its foundation. New drainage systems have also been installed throughout the campus.

“Extreme weather is the new normal and New York’s infrastructure and facilities need to be hardened to withstand the severe storms and flooding that Mother Nature is throwing at us more and more,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo when he announced the ground breaking for the new inpatient center in September. “The Staten Island health campus sustained millions of dollars in damage during Superstorm Sandy, and today’s ground breaking begins a new chapter and exemplifies our efforts to build a stronger and more resilient New York for all.”