Long Island Crisis Center (LICC), a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) private agency, was established in 1971 and has existed since then as a 24 hours-a-day/7 days-a-week/365 days-a-year suicide prevention and crisis intervention hotline. In its 43 years, it has grown from one hotline to six. It is staffed round-the-clock, on-site, by volunteer counselors who undergo nine months of intensive training. In 2013, they responded to more than 10,000 calls on its hotlines, on-line (interactive and live) chat site, mobile phone texting and walk-in counseling at its offices at 2740 Martin Ave., Bellmore.
In addition to its main suicide hotlines, the Crisis Center also responds to: calls routed from 1-800 Suicide (the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline); the Long Island Railroad (a program initiated by LICC in response to the occurrence of suicides on railroad platforms); Children of Hope (to prevent infant abandonment and neonatacide); Town of Huntington (requested by the town for their community); and is back-up for numerous Long Island agencies and many local private therapists.