Community Based, Culturally Competent, Rapid Access

BHNYC member agencies provide rapid access to treatment

Behavioral Health New York City (BHNYC) IPA is a community- focused behavioral health network whose members operate mental health and substance use clinics and substance use residential services. BHNYC member agencies share a history of offering rapid access to behavioral health services that are embedded in the community and delivered by culturally competent and linguistically diverse clinicians.

In 2018, several members of the Federation of Mental Health Services came together to form the BHNYC IPA, through the New York State Behavioral Health Care Collaborative Program. These founding members built upon the work they had already accomplished to assure that the unique voice of local, community-based providers would continue to be recognized.

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Elmcor Youth & Adult Activities Breaks Ground on New Queens Affordable/Supportive Housing Residence

[Queens, NY] – Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities, Inc (Elmcor), New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) and elected officials broke ground on a new supportive housing development bringing 30 affordable homes to Corona Queens. The development will serve those recovering from substance use and/or mental health issues as well as older adults. The project’s architect, Monica Lopez Uran is NYC and NYS M/WBE Certified, and Queens-based Penta Restoration Corp. is the general contractor.

“Our local elected officials, spearheaded by the late Honorable Helen Marshall, worked with us to build the funding for this initiative with so many others over decades because they believed in us,” said Executive Director Saeeda Dunston, “because they are us, and because they saw Elmcor effectively respond to our community’s needs”


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The following organizations currently comprise the BHNYC network:

Owner Members

BHNYC successfully engaged 51% of clients who initiated substance use treatment (vs. the NYS average of 25%) [PSYCKES, Jan. 2022]

BHNYC'S Referral Management System

BHNYC is pleased to offer a faster, easier way to make a referral to one of our owner member agencies using Preferral, an electronic referral management system. Preferral allows referring providers to save time and get real-time updates while keeping the patient in the loop! Learn more about Preferral and how to make referrals to our agencies:

Go To Preferral, also known as AristaMD

BHNYC treated 79% of clients within 7 days of discharge from inpatient mental health settings (vs. the NYS average of 61%) [PSYCKES, Jan. 2022]

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