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Kirsten Vincent Respite & Recovery Center

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The Kirsten Vincent Respite & Recovery Center is a haven for individuals in mental health crisis looking for a safe place to continue their journey to recovery. Recovery Options Made Easy, in collaboration with WNY Independent Living and Spectrum Health and Human Services, offers crisis stabilization and continued recovery in one location in downtown Buffalo, NY.

This first-of-its-kind respite and recovery model offers recovery support across the continuum of care with internal services in tandem with external community programs. The Kirsten Vincent Respite & Recovery Center provides multiple alternatives to hospitalization.  

Individuals can receive support across four-programs whose objective is to help individuals continue their recovery journey in a community setting.  All programs are voluntary and self-referred. Please call 716-532-5508 to be directed to one of the programs listed.

Refreshing Waters

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Short-term Crisis Respite

Refreshing Waters is a self-refer voluntary peer-staffed respite services that supports recovery in a quiet home-like setting with peer advocates helping guests link to community-based services, maintain healthy connections and improve activities of daily life. Recovery Options’ approach is to empower and support independence.

The Renewal Center

WNY Independent Living

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Walk-in, 7-Days
3pm – 11pm

The Renewal Center is a peer-operated and peer-staffed diversion center to help individuals in crisis as they define it. Our mission is to provide a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment that empowers those who are struggling with wellness and recovery.

Clinical Engagement Program

Spectrum Health

8 am-4pm

The Spectrum Health Clinical Engagement Program is the first program of its kind in Erie County. Our friendly peer and clinical staff provide education, encouragement and counseling services to adults 18 and older. Our staff offers crisis assessment, crisis intervention, and counseling to divert the need for an emergency room visit or hospital stay.

Restful Rivers

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Intensive Crisis Respite

Restful Rivers is an intensive crisis respite that provides space for individuals to rest and recover while offering mental health support and medication management.  Telehealth psychiatric intervention and Registered Nurses are available 24/7 to provide crisis stabilization, in addition to peer support to help individuals transition back home or to a community-based setting.

See How Your Help Can Help Others

With a 95% hospital diversion rate, help no longer has to mean hospitalization.

Download our Respite & Recovery informational sheet

Taking Back the Stats

& Talking Numbers


Of adults in the U.S. will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.


Increase in the number of people who sought help for anxiety and depression in 2020.


death by suicide occurs in the U.S. every 11 minutes.

Schedule a time to learn what giving to our center means. 

Together we can create long-term solutions for a lifetime of healing.