Behavioral Health & Substance Use
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We help everyone regardless of ability to pay. Sliding scale fee available.
“This health center receives HHS funding and has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.”
Our unique programs combine clinical expertise with community building, so that every patient – regardless of circumstance – feels at home.
Located throughout New York City and Brooklyn, our clinics exist to elevate clients’ voices and advocate for their emotional, behavioral, and psychological needs through evidence-based, client-centered approaches to mind and body well-being, including:
- Collaborative psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers dedicated to integrated care
- 1-on-1 counseling
- Couples therapy
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Drug use moderation management
- Recovery challenges
- Counseling programs specific for HIV-Positive individuals
- Spanish and Haitian Creole speaking counselors available
Behavioral Health & Substance Use Services
Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies to address individuals who are using substances or engaging in high-risk behaviors that can cause harm to one self. It is about lowering barriers to well-being for everyone and placing each individual’s quality of life before judgment of their behavior. It is a philosophy and approach to life that encompasses many different segments of society. Some of the harm reduction tools and interventions that are utilized are syringe exchange and recognition and addressing an opioid/opiate overdose.
Sterile syringes are one of the best ways to prevent the spread of HIV and Hep C. Housing Works Community Healthcare is well-versed in syringe use, and regularly provides sterile syringes, safety kits, condoms, and counseling for sexually active neighbors in our community who are at high risk of transmission. We’re dedicated to making sure everyone has access to protection in a safe, culturally-sensitive, and judgment free setting, so that we can stop the spread of life-altering diseases through radical prevention.
Providing individual and group level health education, risk reduction counseling, supportive counseling, HIV/Hepatitis C testing, and awareness to people who inject or use drugs, and at risk for HIV and/or Hepatitis C. By providing health and hepatitis care coordination through harm reduction, people are likely to engage and retain and take ownership of his/her health. In addition, holistic services such as acupuncture provide people are given an opportunity to engage more in their health care.
Ryan White Harm Reduction Services
People living with HIV/AIDS and using drugs can cause challenges to engaging and maintaining in care. Majority of people have been rejected by traditional health services because of their present life situations. People living with HIV/AIDS and their partners/families are provided with harm reduction techniques, resources, therapy counseling, and education about substances used and treatment. Accompaniment services, health care coordination, and case management services, and acupuncture services, provide a person with a holistic level of care and starting to take ownership and awareness with their care.
Opioid/Opiate Overdose Recognition & Response
Accidental drug poisoning/overdose is one of the leading causes of premature death in New York. One of the best ways to reduce someone’s likelihood to accidentally overdose is through education and awareness. The antidote to increase the chances of someone surviving are high, when the use of Naloxone/Narcan. Learn about saving someone’s life by recognizing the signs of an overdose, what causes it, and how to respond to an overdose.
Methamphetamine Harm Reduction
The program conducts comprehensive outreach services to engage the target population, utilizing an online social media-based outreach strategy and Drop-in Space(s) to facilitate low-threshold support services and provide direct support for people who use methamphetamine. The program identifies potential clients who are actively using methamphetamine and meet program criteria in high-risk real or virtual venues frequented by at risk individuals. Additionally, the program provides benefits navigation, linkage to services, methamphetamine counseling, health education, and linkage to PEP and PrEP.
Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) / Outpatient Drug Treatment
Housing Works Community Healthcare’s OASAS program focuses on two core treatments: harm reduction, and recovery ready.
We are the only organization in New York City to approach alcoholism and substance abuse with a harm reduction approach, which means we are able to meet patients where they already are to make incremental change possible, without expecting radical or overnight changes in behavior. Through practical tools, techniques, and access to care, we empower patients with a goal of decreasing the harm they may do to themselves or others, while understanding the impact of their choices on their family and future.
Our team provides clients with a myriad of supporting benefits, including transportation, food assistance, and community activities that foster a spirit of family. We welcome patients from all walks and stages of life, and are committed to providing them with quality service so that they may experience health and happiness for a lifetime
HARPS / HCBS
Housing Works Community Healthcare offers home and community-based services that meets patients where they already are. With decades of experience in health education and training, licensed mental health treatment, and home programs, we are uniquely qualified to provide our neighbors with lifesaving services – where and when they matter most
of patients would recommend our primary care to a friend.
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