Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City

Logo for Connections to Care, a program of the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City

The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City will implement the Connection to Care (C2C) model to address the unmet mental health needs of New Yorkers. In partnership with the Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), local community based organizations serving at-risk individuals will integrate evidence-based mental health interventions into their existing programming.

Grantee Information
Federal Awards: 
$6 million over three years (2015-2017)
Focus Area: 
Healthy Futures
Geographic Focus: 
New York City, NY
Collaborating Partners: 
Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO); NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)
Collaborating Funders: 
Chapman Perelman & Perelman Family Foundations; Benificus Foundation; Center for Economic Opportunity

The project will include a rigorous evaluation to demonstrate the effectiveness of task-shifting and co-location of mental health services by demonstrating how these improve access to and retention in care, retention in existing social services, and reduce perceived stigma for receiving services for organizations in New York City serving low-income and high-risk populations that often suffer from undiagnosed and untreated mental illness.

The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City was previously awarded a Social Innovation Fund grant in 2010 to replicate five evidence-based Economic Opportunity programs in eight urban areas. Visit their 2010 project page here.


Entities Receiving Social Innovation Fund Awards from Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City

Arab American Association
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
CAMBA
Center for Employment Opportunities
Committee for Hispanic Children and Families
Hetrick-Martin Institute
Hudson Guild
Red Hook Initiative
Safe Horizon
Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services
STRIVE International
The Door - A Center of Alternatives
The HOPE Program
Voces Latinas


Arab American Association
Brooklyn, NY

NYU Langone-Brooklyn will train Arab American Association of New York (AAANY) staff in motivational interviewing, mental health first aid, psychoeducation, and mental health screening so that they may be applied to education, immigrant legal services, and women's empowerment programs for the Arab American community in Brooklyn. Through Connections to Care, AAANY will also build a robust referral system with NYU Langone.


Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Community Services (BCS) will train Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (BSRC) staff in motivational interviewing, mental health first aid, psychoeducation, and mental health screening so that they may be applied to employment services, primarily for New York City Housing Authority's residents in Brooklyn. Through Connections to Care, BSRC will also build a robust referral system with BCS.


CAMBA
Brooklyn, NY

Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS) will train CAMBA staff in motivational interviewing, mental health first aid, psychoeducation, and mental health screening so that they may be applied to family shelter services in Queens. Through Connections to Care, CAMBA will also build a robust referral system with the JBFCS.


Center for Employment Opportunities
New York, NY

The Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) will train Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) staff in motivational interviewing, mental health first aid, psychoeducation, and mental health screening so that they may be applied to employment services for formerly incarcerated individuals from across New York City. Through Connection to Care, CEO will also build a robust referral system with CASES.


Committee for Hispanic Children and Families
New York, NY

Urban Health Plan will train Committee for Hispanic Children and Families (CHCF) staff in motivational interviewing, mental health first aid, psychoeducation, and mental health screening so that they may be applied to day care, teen pregnancy programs, and after school programs for the Hispanic community in the Bronx. Through Connections to Care, CHCF will also build a robust referral system with Urban Health Plan.


Hetrick-Martin Institute
New York, NY

Hetrick-Martin Institute’s (HMI) Counseling Center staff will train HMI staff in motivational interviewing, mental health first aid, psychoeducation, and mental health screening so that they may be applied to employment, education, health, homeless prevention and cultural services for LGBTQ youth from across New York City. Through Connections to Care, HMI will also build a robust referral system between their counseling center and other areas of their organization.C.


Hudson Guild
New York, NY

Hudson Guild’s Mental Health Clinic staff will train Hudson Guild Early Childhood Education Center staff in motivational interviewing, mental health first aid, psychoeducation, and mental health screening so that they may be applied to day care services, primarily for New York City Housing Authority's residents in Manhattan. Through Connections to Care, Hudson Guild will also build a robust referral system between their early childhood centers and their mental health clinic.


Red Hook Initiative

Brooklyn, NY

NYU Langone-Brooklyn will train Red Hook Initiative (RHI) staff in motivational interviewing, mental health first aid, psychoeducation, and mental health screening so that they may be applied to employment and education services for disconnected youth in Brooklyn. Through Connections to Care, RHI will also build a robust referral system with NYU Langone.


Safe Horizon
New York, NY

Safe Horizon Counseling Center staff will train Safe Horizon shelter staff in motivational interviewing, mental health first aid, psychoeducation, and mental health screening so that they may be applied to domestic violence shelters throughout New York City. Through Connections to Care, Safe Horizon will also build a robust referral system between the shelters and the Counseling Center.


Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services
NewYork, NY

Safe Space will train Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services staff in motivational interviewing, mental health first aid, psychoeducation, and mental health screening so that they may be applied to day care services in Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan. Through Connections to Care, Sheltering Arms will also build a robust referral system with Safe Space. Sheltering Arms and Safe Space are in the final stages of a merger of the two organizations that will expand the breadth of their both organizations’ services; and will use this grant to support a more robust integration of mental health services into early childhood services at Sheltering Arms.


STRIVE International
New York, NY

Union Settlement Association, with the assistance of the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, will train STRIVE International staff in motivational interviewing, mental health first aid, psychoeducation, and mental health screening so that they may be applied to employment services in Manhattan. Through Connections to Care, STRIVE International will also build a robust referral system with Union Settlement Association.


The Door - A Center of Alternatives
New York, NY

University Settlement will train The Door staff in motivational interviewing, mental health first aid, psychoeducation, and mental health screening so that they may be applied to employment, education, health and legal services for disconnected youth from across New York City. Through Connections to Care, The Door will also build a robust referral system with University Settlement.


The HOPE Program
Brooklyn, NY

Brookdale Hospital Center (BHC) and the Institute for Family Health (IFH) will train The HOPE Program staff in motivational interviewing, mental health first aid, psychoeducation, and mental health screening so that they may be applied to employment services in Brooklyn. Through Connections to Care, The HOPE Program will also build a robust referral system with BHC and with IFH in the Bronx.


Voces Latinas

Jackson Heights, NY

Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens (CCBQ) will train Voces Latinas staff in motivational interviewing, mental health first aid, psychoeducation, and mental health screening so that they may be applied to health and immigrant legal services for the HIV-positive Latina community in Queens. Through Connections to Care, Voces Latinas will also build a robust referral system with CCBQ.

 

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