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Office of Mental Health

Pilgrim Psychiatric Center

Pilgrim Psychiatric Center

998 Crooked Hill Road
West Brentwood, NY 11717–1087
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Phone: (631) 761–3500

Fax: (631) 761–2600

E–Mail: Pilgrim Psychiatric Center

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About Pilgrim Psychiatric Center

Areas Served

Long Island and the Greater NYC Region


In 1927, New York Governor Alfred Smith, with public support, pressed the legislature to appropriate money to obtain a minimum of 10,000 beds needed to relieve overcrowding and treat the increasing numbers of people who would need treatment in a mental institution.

Such a big hospital had to be located out in the country where land was cheap. One thousand acres in Brentwood was chosen for this reason.

Pilgrim State Hospital was created by the Legislature in 1929 and named for Dr. Charles W. Pilgrim, Commissioner of Mental Health in the early 1900s. The hospital officially opened for the care and treatment of patients on 825 acres with 100 patients transferred from Central Islip State Hospital on October 1, 1931. Nine months later, 2,018 patients were hospitalized at Pilgrim. The census rose to its peak in 1954, with 13,875 patients.

Pilgrim was the largest facility of its kind in the world when it was built. The hospital community was independent in that it had its own water works, electric light plant, heating plant, sewage system, fire department, police department, courts, church, post office, cemetery, laundry, store, amusement hall, athletic fields, greenhouses, and farm.

Over time, as increasing numbers of patients were able to be discharged and greater support and services became available in the community, the need for such large facilities to treat the mentally ill diminished. Following the trend, Kings Park Psychiatric Center and Central Islip Psychiatric Center were consolidated and relocated to the Pilgrim campus in the Fall of 1996. The following Fall, those facilities were merged into Pilgrim Psychiatric Center under one name.

Pilgrim Today

Pilgrim Psychiatric Center provides a continuum of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services. The campus includes several residential agencies including:

Pilgrim operates four outpatient treatment centers and one ACT Team throughout Suffolk County.

Inpatient Services offer a wide variety of treatment options within two modern complexes. Treatment focus:

Multi–disciplinary teams provide treatment in individual and group formats. On–ward treatment spaces reflect state–of–the art design and a therapeutic environment. Off–ward program and recreational space are available within each building.

There are 12 inpatient wards including 3 admission wards, 2 geriatric wards (1 admission), and 7 Psychiatric Rehabilitation wards.

Regular Visiting Hours

Intensive Treatment Unit Visiting Hours

Quality Report

Pilgrim is accredited by the Join Commission. We are in compliance with all applicable Behavioral Healthcare and Hospital Standards. Pilgrim has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures in the past.

You can access Pilgrim PC's Joint Commission Quality Report. Visit and search for Pilgrim Psychiatric Center.

To report concerns about patient safety and quality of care, contact Pilgrim's Quality Management Department at (631)761-2912.


We provide a comprehensive array of treatments and services that inspire people with unique mental health needs to experience hope, self-determination and success in their lives.


We envision a mental health system that is driven by the goals and aspirations of the people we serve and provides a healing experience through exceptional collaborative treatment.

Professional and personal growth and full accountability for our actions are essential.

When we work together as a team, we can accomplish more than any one person can accomplish alone.


Every individual can lead a life with meaning and purpose.

Every person is different, each shaped by unique life experience. We recognize that differences in age, race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, physical ability, thinking style, and background bring richness to our work environment. Our differences help us connect better to the health needs of the people we serve.

We believe that attracting, developing, and retaining a base of employees that reflect the diversity of our customers is essential to success.

Integrated and evidenced based mental health care helps individuals maximize resilience and achieve wellness.

Interactions with individuals must be engaging, empowering, empathic and tolerant and respectful.

Language Access Services

It is the policy of Pilgrim Psychiatric Center to provide services that are culturally sensitive and linguistically competent.

We deliver treatment services in a manner compatible with preferences that reflect a patient’s:

Empathetic and respectful communication is vital to the delivery of our services. Together, we determine an individual's language needs before admission. If they need interpretive or assistive listening devices, we provide the service during the admission process.

Active Treatment and Program Activities

In addition to on–ward treatment, Pilgrim offers a variety of off–ward locations for treatment, recreation, and programming. Alternate treatment environments are available to address the needs of our patients.

The barn
The greenhouse
Nature Center Greenhouse

The Rehabilitation Center

The Rehabilition Center

The Rehabilitation Center provides centralized space for many off–ward programs. This state–of–the art facility hosts a Swimming Pool, Bowling Alley, Gymnasium, Game Room, Fitness and Exercise Room, and Library and is available daily Monday to Friday, select Evenings, and Saturday Mornings. Classrooms for patient education, treatment groups, ceramic studio, kitchen areas, and meeting space are utilized here. A large Auditorium (capacity 289) is used for staff presentations, conferences, and patient activities. Recent movies are programmed and broadcast weekly for patients' viewing during evening and weekend hours and are also shown for direct viewing on a 22’ long movie theater style screen with surround sound.


The museum

The Long Island Psychiatric Museum is located on the Pilgrim campus and offers a vast collection of memorabilia, artifacts, and photos representing the history of the three Long Island hospitals (Kings Park, Central Islip, Pilgrim) that were active at one time and have since been merged with Pilgrim Psychiatric Center.

The Museum is accessible to the public by appointment only. Hours of operation are limited. For further information, please call (631)761-3805.

Professional Departments Include:

Psychology Internship Program

The Pilgrim Psychiatric Center's Internship Program is accredited by:
American Psychological Association
Commission on Accreditation
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002–4242
(202) 336–5979

This one-year (Sept. – Sept.) experience is for Doctoral candidates in Psychology which follows an apprenticeship/practitioner model.

This internship provides intensive, experiential training in the core skills of clinical psychology, within a state psychiatric hospital, working with severely and persistently mentally ill patients in the public sector. The population we serve consists mainly of individuals with severe impairments, whose diagnoses include:

Interns work side by side with seasoned clinicians. They have a variety of assignments and opportunities to observe and treat serious and persistent mental illnesses, witness the effects of treatment, and assist the patient towards therapeutic re–integration into the community (i.e., discharge).

Learn more about the Doctoral Psychology Internship Program. If you require additional assistance in viewing the document, you can write or call: Telephone: (631) 761–2399, Fax: (631) 761–3770.

Psychology Externship Program

APA/Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Approved

This one-year (June-July) clinical experience is an APA accredited program for 3rd or 4th year Doctoral candidates in Psychology.  The program follows an apprenticeship/practitioner model.

Externs are considered volunteers as they are unpaid and have 16-hour weekly schedules.

Learn more about the Doctoral Psychology Externship Program. If you require additional assistance in viewing the document, you can write or call: Jennifer May, Ph.D. at 631-761-3275.

Family Support Services:

At Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, the families of our patients are considered an integral part of the treatment process and family involvement is welcome.

The facility provides the following Family Support Services:

Specialty Services for Inpatients

Specialized treatment and services are offered for those patients with varying needs, as follows:

Community Services

Pilgrim Psychiatric Center operates a broad range of outpatient services both on campus and throughout the community in Suffolk County. Sites are staffed with psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, community mental health nurses, rehabilitation and recreation staff, peer specialists, and paraprofessional staff. Services available include: recovery services, treatment services -evaluation, medication, counseling and therapy, vocational services, co-occurring disorder services, life enrichment, peer run services, crisis intervention, psycho-education.

Biannual Family Nights are held at each clinic to offer support from clinic staff and other family members, orientation to services available at our clinics, and education about mental health issues.

For detailed information on intake, treatment and social support services, call the number listed for each location.

Clinic Name Services
Buckman Center - Building 47
998 Crooked Hill Road
West Brentwood, NY 11717
(631) 761–2289
Serving Northwest Suffolk County
Hispanic track providing services in the Spanish language
Western Suffolk Center - Building 56
998 Crooked Hill Road
West Brentwood, NY 11717
(631) 761–2082
Serving Western Suffolk County
Yaphank Center
31 Industrial Blvd.
Medford, NY 11763
(631) 924–4411
Serving Brookhaven Township, Suffolk County
Geriatric track providing services to the Geriatric population.
Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT)
3 Grove Avenue
Patchogue, NY 11772
(631) 475–7108
Serving Brookhaven Township, Suffolk County
Intensive psychiatric outreach services.
Peconic Center
550 E. Main Street Suite 103
Riverhead, N.Y. 11901
(631) 369–1277
Serving Eastern Suffolk County

Specialty Services for Outpatients

Residential Programs

Residential programs range from the semi–independent living of the State Operated Community Residence, to the shorter stay Crisis Residence Units, to the home care of the Family Care program. Each program offers a unique set of advantages to consumers, promoting empowerment and self determination, while ensuring care and safety.

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Pilgrim Psychiatric Center.