We care across New York for individuals in need of a mental health safety net
VNSNY’s Community Mental Health Services (CMHS) offers over two dozen community outreach programs for low-income children and adults who are struggling with severe or persistent mental illness or substance use problems. On any given day, these vital programs care for some 2,800 New Yorkers, from young children to our oldest seniors.
In 2018, CMHS served approximately 16,000 clients in communities across New York City. For children in the Bronx living with serious emotional disturbance, for instance, our FRIENDS programs and licensed mental health clinic provide community-based, family-focused mental health and social support services. Partnerships play a vital part in caring for this vulnerable group. To reach out to those who need mental health support, we work with local public schools, the New York State Office of Mental Health, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York City Department of Education. Donations from the community also help support these efforts.
When three young siblings were all struggling with mental and behavioral health issues, VNSNY Community Mental Health Services was there to help their great-grandmother.
For older adults, our PEARLS program offers in-home depression treatment. We also train public school personnel to support children’s emotional needs through our 100 Schools program. Other CMHS programs include VNSNY’s Mobile Crisis Teams, which provide rapid assessment and short-term, in-home mental health services for adults and children experiencing, or at risk of, a psychiatric or psychological crisis; our Geriatric Mental Health Outreach programs, which provide assessment, counseling, and psychiatric care to Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens seniors in need; and Care Management programs administered through three Health Homes covering Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn, as well as a separate initiative for adults with substance use disorders who apply for or receive public assistance.
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