07 Aug, 2020 | News
Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Held a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for a New Behavioral Health Center in East Flatbush, Brooklyn
On Thursday, July 30, 2020, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens held a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the new Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Behavioral Health Center located at 1623 Flatbush Avenue in East Flatbush, Brooklyn to focus on rebuilding lives and compassionately serving those dealing with mental illness and substance use disorders.
The Catholic Charities Behavioral Health Center will provide neighbors in need with mental health, addiction, primary care, on-site pharmacy, housing and residential services, care coordination, trauma-informed care, case management, and veteran support services. Catholic Charities offers screenings, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) assessments, treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), highly skilled counselors, peer advocates with military and life experience, benefits coordination and residential services.
Offering clients crisis care, Catholic Charities staff members follow an approach to health care that emphasizes wellness, recovery, trauma-informed care and physical-behavioral health integration to help stabilize and treat in the most clinically appropriate and cost-effective settings, while also offering the least restrictive and traumatizing environment. Patients are provided with an immediate screening and risk assessment for mental health, addictions and basic primary care needs. The new center offers easy access to care with reduced wait times, regardless of ability to pay or location of residence.
A whole-health approach includes expanded coordination with other health care providers, social service providers and law enforcement. Staffers are skilled in providing comprehensive access to a full range of medical and behavioral services, as well as, targeted case management.
"Despite COVID-19 and the shutdown of New York City over the past four months, we are so happy we could be there today in this small group setting to celebrate the opening of this facility,” said Rev. Msgr. Alfred LoPinto, President and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens. “This beautiful new facility will enable us to help rebuild lives for those dealing with mental illness and substance use disorders.”
The Catholic Charities Behavioral Health Center in East Flatbush is funded in part by grants awarded by SAMHSA-Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in New York State and the New York State Department of Health to expand access to services for adults with mental illness, children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance (SED); individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) including opioid disorders; and individuals with co-occurring disorders (COD). The new Behavioral Health Center will serve the Brooklyn neighborhoods of: Flatlands, Midwood, Kensington, Flatbush, East Flatbush, Ditmas Park, and Crown Heights and will provide comprehensive, integrated behavioral health services to individuals from every walk of life. For access to the center, call 718-722-6001.
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