Patient Support Services
Mount Sinai physicians, social workers and nurses provide care, comfort and resources to women who need it the most. Our outstanding patient support programs include:
The Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program (SAVI)
Every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted and, just as shocking, one in three girls and one in six boys will experience a sexual assault by their eighteenth birthday. In addition, it is estimated that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Yet, many victims struggle alone without the care and support of crisis intervention services.
Founded in 1984, the Mount Sinai SAVI Program has been addressing issues of Sexual and Domestic Violence on individual and societal levels throughout NYC, with a primary focus on Manhattan and Queens through its advocacy, counseling, and education services.
Therapeutic Services: Using a victim-centered, culturally-sensitive model, our licensed mental health professionals provide free and confidential therapy, advocacy, and referral services to victims of rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and domestic violence services in 10 different languages. These services are also extended to the victim's family members and friends.
Volunteer Advocate Program: SAVI coordinates more than 200 trained and certified Volunteer Advocates who are on-call to the Emergency Rooms (ER) of seven hospitals in Manhattan and Queens. Advocates provide crisis intervention services to victims of sexual and domestic violence, mainly focusing on emotional support, medical information, and patient advocacy.
Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program (SAFE): The SAFE Program is comprised of specially trained medical professionals (doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians' assistants who complete 40-hour certification training) who provide individualized, sensitized, state-of-the-art forensic and medical care to rape and sexual assault victims in The Mount Sinai Emergency Department. In 2006, SAVI received accreditation from the New York State Department of Health as a "Center of Excellence" for the SAFE Program. In May 2010, the SAFE Program achieved 24/7 Emergency Room coverage.
SAVI advocates are available in the following hospitals:
- Harlem Hospital
- Lenox Hill Hospital
- Metropolitan Hospital
- Mount Sinai Hospital
- Elmhurst Hospital Center
- Mount Sinai of Queens
- Queens Hospital Center
Takanot Program: We provide culturally sensitive and religiously specific individual counseling and group services to Orthodox Jewish survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and childhood sexual abuse. Takanot collaborates with respected Orthodox service providers as well as maintains ongoing communication with leaders in the Orthodox community.
Program against Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE): We provide advocacy and counseling for commercially sexually exploited youth in Queens, along with intensive case management services to assist them in obtaining health care, educational and vocational services. We also facilitate an ongoing drop-in group for young females at high risk for recruitment into prostitution or who are trying to leave "the life".
To access SAVI services, please contact us at (212) 423-2140 (Manhattan) or (718) 736-1288 (Queens) or visit us at www.mountsinai.org/savi.
The Woman to Woman Gynecologic Cancer Support Program
Founded in 2003, Woman to Woman is a unique network of trained volunteer survivors of gynecologic cancer who provide hope, one-on-one support, education and advocacy for women in treatment at Mount Sinai, their partners and families. From their first meeting with a woman to the end of treatment, our volunteers help patients adjust to their new lives as cancer survivors.
All women being treated at Mount Sinai for gynecologic cancer (ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, vaginal or vulva cancer) are offered the opportunity to participate in the program by being matched with a survivor volunteer.
Male partners of women diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer are often overlooked by health care workers, family and friends resulting in confusion, anxiety, and anger. To help address the needs of this unique group, Woman to Woman created a "Guide for Male Partners" which contains information on gynecologic cancer, treatment and side effects, sexuality, finances, how to deal with family and friends, and resources for each topic. We also provide peer mentoring from men whose partners have already completed treatment at Mount Sinai for gynecologic cancer.
For more information about Woman to Woman, please contact us at (212) 241-3793 or visit us online at www.mountsinai.org/patient-care/service-areas/obgyn-and-reproductive-services/patient-support-services/womens-gynecologic-cancer-support.
Esperanza y Vida (Hope and Life) and the Witness Project of Harlem™
Each year it is estimated that 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and close to 4,000 die, with significant statistical differences between white and minority women. To help address this discrepancy, Mount Sinai launched two community outreach programs in East Harlem and Harlem in New York City that are culturally tailored to the Latino and African American communities.
In collaboration with the Department of Oncological Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine, both programs provide women with information about prevention and early detection of breast and cervical cancer, as well as access to cancer
For more information, please contact us at (212) 659-5525.
Perinatal Bereavement Program
This unique program provides spiritual, religious and culturally sensitive bereavement services for families experiencing losses at any stage of pregnancy and those experiencing early infant loss – at any time following a loss. Women having medical terminations of pregnancy may also be referred to this program.
Our program includes:
- Individual, couple and family support and counseling
- Parental guidance to help siblings of all ages cope with loss
- Education about grieving processes and helping coping strategies
- Facilitation of meaningful rituals sensitive to families' spiritual, cultural and religious beliefs
Support groups are provided in English and Spanish with community-based referrals as needed.
For more information, please call Mount Sinai's Center for Maternal and Fetal Medicine at 212-241-1111.
Mount Sinai's SAVI Program has been addressing issues of sexual and domestic violence throughout New York City since 1984.
Arden Moulton, coordinator of Mount Sinai's gynecologic support program talks about the importance of survivors helping survivors.
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