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Community Mental Health Services

Enriching the lives of New Yorkers by providing a mental health safety net

With more than two dozen community outreach programs, VNSNY’s Community Mental Health Services (CMHS) is an essential part of New York City’s mental health safety net. These vital programs touch the lives of children, teens, and adults of all ages struggling with acute or chronic mental illness or substance use disorders and their families, bringing stability to the emotionally fragile and teaching them the tools and resources they need to function. In 2017, our dedicated staff helped more than 14,000 clients in crisis.

Drawing on thirty years of experience in the field, CMHS offers a wide range of interventions that provide targeted care, reassurance, and support to those who need it most:

  • FRIENDS programs provide children in the Bronx living with serious emotional disturbance with services to stabilize behavior and ensure greater academic and social achievement
  • Mobile Crisis Teams work in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens to respond rapidly to adults and children experiencing, or at risk of, a psychiatric or psychosocial crisis
  • Geriatric Mental Health Outreach helps adults age 60 and older in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan through weekly home visits that make sure living conditions are adequate, medications are taken, and to assist with daily activities and socialization
  • PEARLS provides depressed seniors in Manhattan and Queens with services that address the symptoms of depression and improve quality of life
  • 100 Schools Project brings CMHS social workers to public schools in Queens and Brooklyn, where they train school staff to support students’ behavioral health
  • Health Home Care Management, a partnership with VNSNY and eight community agencies, provides coordinated health care, specialty care, and behavioral health care to individuals with overlapping mental illness, substance abuse, and multiple chronic illness
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