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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. It had to be as nearly complete and self–sufficient as possible, generating its own electricity, pumping its own water and growing some of its food. One thousand acres in Brentwood was chosen for this to be another farm colony.

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 was 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. Today, Pilgrim reflects the history and best practices for care and treatment of all three facilities and has become a modern health care delivery system serving the mentally ill adults of Long Island.

Self-Assessment Program

Pilgrim Psychiatric Center cares about you. If you have been feeling sad, withdrawn, anxious, stressed, or out of control, we encourage you to take this completely anonymous mental health screening Leaving OMH site. In a matter of minutes, you will learn if how you're feeling, acting or behaving is a symptom of something more serious. You will also get access to treatment resources and referral information for follow up care.

Pilgrim Today

Pilgrim Psychiatric Center provides a continuum of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric, residential, and related services with approximately 278 inpatient beds and 4 outpatient treatment centers plus one ACT Team throughout Suffolk County . The campus includes several residential agencies on the grounds such as Central Nassau Guidance Center and Transitional Services, Charles K. Post, a residential treatment center operated by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, and Phoenix House, a residential treatment center for those with substance abuse diagnosis. Development of the surrounding acreage has been planned for the near future. The campus is within easy access to parkways, public transportation, and local shopping.

Inpatient Services are located in two modern complexes and offer a wide variety of treatment options. The focus of treatment is rapid recovery with symptom reduction, access to programs which develop skills to manage psychiatric illness and better function in the community, and active discharge planning and support for individuals returning to community living. Treatment is provided by multi–disciplinary teams of professional and paraprofessional staff offered in individual and group format. On–ward treatment spaces reflect state–of–the art design and a therapeutic environment. Each ward includes private and semi–private bedroom areas and bathroom facilities, a living room, program room, activity area, and dining room. 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.

Pilgrim Psychiatric Center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission from September 2016 to September 2019.

Regular Visiting Hours

Intensive Treatment Unit Visiting Hours

Quality Report

Pilgrim is in full compliance with all applicable Behavioral Healthcare and Hospital Standards effective September 2016 . Pilgrim has also been recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for 2012. This achievement demonstrates Pilgrim's commitment to assuring that evidence-based interventions are delivered to individuals in the right way and at the right time.
For further information regarding the Quality Report by the Joint Commission, the public may:

To report concerns about patient safety and quality of care, the public can 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.


We believe:

Language Access Services

It is the policy of Pilgrim Psychiatric Center to provide services that are culturally sensitive and linguistically competent. Pilgrim is committed to the planning and provision of treatment services in a manner compatible with patients’ personal values, beliefs, and preferences which reflect their cultural, ethnic, and/or religious heritage.

Effective communication is a vital component in the provision of medical, nursing and ancillary services. At Pilgrim, interactions are empathic and respectful in a manner that is compatible with the individual's cultural health beliefs/practices and preferred language. An individuals's language needs are determined prior to admission. If it is determined that interpretive or assistive listening devices are needed, services are provided 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

It is a one year (Sept.– Sept.) experience in an APA accredited program for Doctoral candidates in Psychology which follows an apprenticeship/practitioner model. This internship is designed to provide intensive, experiential training in the core skills of clinical psychology, as applied 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: schizophrenia; affective and anxiety disorders, substance abuse problems, and personality disorders. The intern will work side by side with seasoned clinicians, 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). For more information about the Doctoral Psychology Internship Program, see the attached brochure. If you require additional assistance in viewing the document, you can write or call: Telephone: (631) 761–2399 Fax: (631) 761–3770.

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.