Looking for good, affordable mental healthcare? You’re not alone. Too many New Yorkers aren’t able to get help with anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance-use disorders, and other conditions. The isolation, trauma, and insecurity brought on by the pandemic drove up demand for services, exhausted mental health workers, and laid bare the insufficient resources devoted to this vital area.
Thankfully, many local nonprofits are dedicated to providing and connecting people with free or affordable mental health care. The Trust has supported many such nonprofits. If you’re interested in supporting these organizations so they can serve more people and develop new programs, check out the list below and then give directly or through a donor-advised fund at The New York Community Trust.
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Seventy percent of children who receive mental health services do so through their schools. Mental health counseling is also the top reason students visit school-based health centers. New York School-Based Health Foundation advocates for school-based health centers that provide on-site mental and behavioral healthcare, primary care, and reproductive healthcare. These centers can be more accessible to those who would otherwise have difficulty getting help.
Regional Emergency Medical Services Council of New York City organizes emergency medical services (EMS) locally and helps EMS workers gain professional certifications. After the September 11th attacks, it established mental health and wellness programs to help workers cope with post-traumatic stress, provide counseling, and connect them with free and low-cost mental health and suicide prevention treatment. During the pandemic, it has expanded this support to emergency medical personnel and other frontline workers.
Making sure providers get adequately reimbursed by insurance companies is an important step toward increasing access for those who can’t afford to pay out of pocket. Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State advocates for better reimbursement for substance use and mental health providers and works to streamline and improve care through its membership network of 100 addiction prevention, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction providers.
Many New Yorkers face chronic medical conditions and mental health disorders that make working and staying housed difficult. Coordinated Behavioral Care seeks to create a healthcare environment where these residents get coordinated and culturally competent care. Its member organizations include mental health, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and housing service providers.
New York Gracie Square Hospital is the city’s only free-standing, in-patient psychiatric hospital. It has 136 beds to care for patients with serious mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and major depressive disorder; almost 60 percent of its inpatients are covered by Medicaid. Its multilingual staff provide person-centered behavioral health treatment in a welcoming, warm, healing environment.
The Veteran Advocacy Project provides free legal services to low-income veterans and their families, with a focus on those living with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and substance-use disorders. It helps veterans navigate court cases, avoid homelessness, access benefits, and advance disability claims related to mental health.