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Dec 12, 2020 | Roberto Bolaños and Rommel H. Ojeda

Mental Health Resources for Immigrants in New York

A list of organizations that provide free or low-cost mental health care services to immigrants in New York
Also read our Guide of Resources for Immigrants

A list of organizations that provide free or low-cost mental health care services to immigrants in New York

It can be overwhelming to find mental health care services, so Documented compiled a list of organizations and groups that offer low cost options, accept Medicaid, or render free services to individuals who are seeking counseling.

The organizations below provide services in English and Spanish. We recommend reaching out to the organization to inquire about the services provided and, in some cases, the prices. For emergencies always call 911.

NYC Well also offers free, confidential crisis counseling, mental health, and substance misuse support, information, and referral. You can reach the toll-free helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone, text and online chat. Mental health professionals there can link you to the services you need.  Phone: 888-692-9355 | (Espanol): 888-692-9355

Catholic Charities: Behavioral Health Centers: The Catholic Charities Behavioral Health Centers offer clients round-the-clock crisis care – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They help stabilize and treat in the most clinically appropriate and cost-effective settings, while also offering the least restrictive and traumatizing environment. Link  

91-14 37th Avenue Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Crisis Services/Mental Health: Crisis Respite Centers: Crisis Respite Center provides an alternative to hospitalization for people experiencing emotional crises. They provide home-like places to rest and recover when more support is needed than can be provided at home. Click on the link for all available locations. Link

Crisis Services/Mental Health Mobile Crisis Teams: A mobile crisis team is a group of health professionals, such as nurses, social workers and psychiatrists, who can provide mental health services, primarily in people’s homes. You can request help from a mobile crisis team if you are concerned about a family member, friend, or acquaintance who is experiencing (or at risk of) a psychological crisis. You can also request a team for yourself. You can request a team by calling NYC Well. LinkPhone: 888-692-9355

NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness, NYC Chapter: An active NYC chapter sponsors a Parent-Match program, support groups for parents of children with special needs and many additional programs that are free or low-cost. Link NAMI NYC Helpline: 212-684-3264

NYC Health + Hospitals: Through the program NYC Care, hospitals inside the NYC H+H network offer low-cost or free medical services (including mental health care) to NYC residents, regardless of employment, status or health record. Phone: 1-545-692-2273 – link. Also, See their partner organizations

NYPCC, Mental Health Service: New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center (NYPCC) is a non-profit, community-oriented mental health organization, licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health. We provide exceptional services to children, adolescents and adults throughout the NYC area. Check the link above for locations in the Bronx, and Brooklyn. Click here to ask for help.

SBH Behavioral Health (Bronx) – Adult Outpatient Clinic: Outpatient mental health clinic providing adults (ages 18+) with individual, family and group psychotherapy, and medication management. Main number: (718) 960-3071 | 2021 Grand Concourse, 8th Floor. Bronx, NY 10453 – Link

St. Joseph’s Medical Center: St. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester: Outpatient Mental Health Service provides psychiatric care for children, adolescents, adults and seniors at a clinic level of care. Services include psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis, pharmacotherapy, and psychotherapy (individual, group, couples and family). Main: (914) 967-6500 | 275 North Street Harrison NY, 10528 – Link

Voces Latinas: Voces Latinas offers screening for depression and trauma and onsite mental health counseling. The staff is trained to provide the screenings for depression and trauma, Mental Health First Aid, Motivational Interviewing, and Psychoeducation.  These mental health modalities are embedded into our case management work with clients. They say that they offer to connect clients to outside mental health clinics that can offer more intense mental health therapies including psychiatric services. Link(718) 593- 4528 | 3763C 83rd St # 1B, Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Henry Street Settlement: A New York State-certified mental health facility, Henry Street Settlement CCC’s program delivers outpatient mental health services, crisis services, Asian bicultural services, vocational rehabilitation, housing support and job training opportunities, as well as legal and financial services and screenings for entitlement benefits and food stamp enrollment.

National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States. Text or Call 988 to reach counselors who can help to cope with mental stress during an emergency, and help connect to with local crisis teams.

Use New York City’s search tool to filter more than 500 locations by service type, cost, and more: 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline – Find Services

FREE Digital Mental Health Care Access For Immigrants

Another way to maintain your mental health is through the use of digital applications that offer meditation, mindfulness and relaxation guidance. Here is a list of free applications that you can use right at this moment: 

NYC Well: Free online therapy via Text, Chat for residents living in New York

Mind Shift: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)-based strategies targeting anxiety. CBT is a technique which emphasizes changing negative thought patterns and focusing instead on present-day challenges. Self-management tools focused on mindfulness, relaxation, thought reframing and action to help the user take charge of their anxiety. Developed for teens, applicable to all.

Smiling Mind: Free meditation App.

Talk Space: Online mental health therapy for teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17.

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