RISE Program at Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills

Rape Intervention Services and EducationThe RISE Program – Rape, Intervention, Services & Education of Sullivan County advocates for anyone who is or has been a victim of sexual abuse. Founded in 1987, RISE provides an array of services to victims of sexual abuse and offers prevention education. The program advocates for sexual abuse victims. Staff members will accompany the victim to the hospital, police or district attorney after an incident and will provide assistance. RISE also offers confidential individual, family or couples counseling as well as support groups, prevention education and professional training sessions. The program maintains a 24-hour crisis hotline number, 845-791-9595.

RISE is funded by Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills, as well as grants from the New York State Office of Victims Services (OVS), the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYCASA), and the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).

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Services for Children, Teens, Women and Men

24-Hour Crisis Hotline – 845-791-9595

RISE provides crisis intervention 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trained staff and volunteers are on hand at all times to provide understanding and confidentiality to our callers.

Information and Referral

Callers receive factual information on a variety of community agencies that are available for further assistance. The staff counselor identifies the caller’s needs and provides appropriate referrals, including phone numbers and addresses, so individuals may secure the help they seek.

Support Groups

Several support groups meet weekly at the RISE office under the direction of a trained professional in an atmosphere that encourages them to talk through their traumatic experiences and to help one another in their recovery. Day and evening groups are offered.

  • Trauma Recovery & Empowerment
  • Victim to Survivor
  • Incest Survivor


The professional staff at RISE gives confidential counseling to survivors, their families and their friends.

Police, Court and Emergency Room Advocacy

Trained volunteers are available to victims and their families to provide information and support through medical and legal processes.

Volunteer Training

Volunteers receive 30 hours of initial training on rape and sexual assault. The training allows them to anticipate victim reactions and to provide referral sources. Volunteers receive an additional 10 hours of in-service training each year.

Education Programs

RISE offers a variety of workshops and programs for students, educators, law enforcement personnel and human services professionals. The RISE staff conducts, upon request, workshops for schools, churches, civic and social groups.

RISE education programs are tailored to meet specific group needs and requests. Programs can include video clips, role playing, group discussion and interactive group participation.

RISE education programs address common myths, attitudes and stereotypes that can lead to sexual violence.

Workshops and programs can include:

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Date/Acquaintance Rape
  • Sexual Assault
  • Good Touch, Bad Touch, Confusing Touch
  • Sexual Health

Education is the key to preventing sexual abuse!

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After a Sexual Assault

It’s hard to know what to do, how to feel or what your options are after a sexual assault. Please know that you are not alone and that what happened was not your fault.

Your safety is important.
If you’re not feeling secure, consider reaching out to someone you trust for support. You do not have to go through this alone.

If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, call 9-1-1.

Go to the emergency department as soon as possible.
You may have injuries that are not visible. Delays can complicate treatment and, if desired, evidence collection. It is important to go to the emergency department as soon as possible.

If possible, bring a change of clothes. Do not change clothes, bathe or brush your teeth if you wish to have evidence collected. Evidence can be stored for 30 days while you decide if you want to file a police report or press charges.

If you do not have safe transportation available, dial 9-1-1. Explain what has happened to you and ask to be taken to an emergency department for medical care. If you feel unsafe, ask for police protection and assistance.

Children will be evaluated locally. Some patients may be transferred to a SAFE Center hospital where a pediatric sexual assault forensic examiner is available.

If you have any questions, call the RISE hotline.
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, RISE provides crisis intervention. Call the RISE hotline at 845.791.9595.

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Volunteer Opportunities at the RISE Program

RISE relies heavily on volunteer help and internships. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information on services offered, please contact the RISE office at 845-794-3300, ext. 2440 or e-mail