Project HOPE (Helping Older People Excel)

Project HOPE provides services to keep an older adult with a mental health diagnosis independent in their home environment through linkage, referral, advocacy and intervention with formal and informal supports. 

Care coordinators and nurses provide an in-depth assessment before creating an individualized action plan to implement an appropriate intervention that empowers older adults to thrive in the environment they deem most comfortable. 

Services include, but are not limited to, engagement, comprehensive assessment, linkage, referral and advocacy, medication insight and management, navigation and assistance in obtaining entitlements, support and guidance for family and caregivers, and workshops and programing to increase skills to empower the individual and support network.

Older adults are required to be 60 years of age or older, have documented mental health diagnosis and at risk for out of home placement.

For more information please call (716) 362-2388. To download a copy of the referral form please click here. Completed referral forms can be faxed to (716) 362-2380, or dropped off or mailed to the Project HOPE office at 128 Wilson St., Buffalo, 14212.

Disclaimer: Any referral to Project HOPE will be reviewed within 48 hours of receiving the referral (on a business day). The client will be interviewed to ensure that the referral is appropriate and that the safety needs of the client are addressed by the discharge plan. Sometimes a COPS referral is necessary and Project HOPE cannot fulfill this role. Referrals cannot be made by phone, but need to be sent with the appropriate documentation (a mental health diagnosis and copy of the discharge plan) to qualify them for the service.