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Katherine Smith

Katherine Smith

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults, Elders

"I believe that people have the innate ability to heal and grow. I feel privileged to walk alongside my clients during their respective journeys to living t..." read more

New York, NY 10001

Katherine Smith Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 19143

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Daniel Tisman LCSW

Daniel Tisman LCSW

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Clinical Social Work, Social Work

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults

"At times we all long for a better life, a more fulfilling relationship, meaningful work. How do we get there? Where do we begin? I can help you find your w..." read more

New York, NY 10001

Daniel Tisman LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 00364

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Carlos Almeida, MD

Carlos Almeida, MD

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Mental Health Counseling, Psychiatry

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults, Elders

"My approach is a non-judgmental and neutral one that focuses on helping patients better understand their internal conflicts which impede them from fully en..." read more

New York, NY 10024

Carlos Almeida, MD Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 11583

Emily Rosenthal, MA, LCSW

Emily Rosenthal, MA, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Clinical Social Work

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"I am a psychotherapist treating a wide range of issues and specializing in eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and compulsive overe..." read more

New York, NY 10023

New York, NY 10001

Emily Rosenthal, MA, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 13952

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Judith C Lobel, PHD

Judith C Lobel, PHD

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults, Elders

"I view therapy as an active collaboration between therapist and patient. I believe that therapy can help people feel more confident that the balance of goo..." read more

New York, NY 10011

Judith C Lobel, PHD Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 13165

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Jason Wheeler, PhD

Jason Wheeler, PhD

Verified Credentials

Psychology, Psychoanalysis, Marriage & Family Therapy

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"A significant part of my practice is helping men with the transitions and obstacles of mid-life, including: becoming a father, using reproductive technolog..." read more

New York, NY 10010

Jason Wheeler, PhD Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 18544

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Teresa Solomita

Teresa Solomita

Verified Credentials

Psychoanalysis, Clinical Social Work, Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults

"Do you often feel isolated, lonely? Are you having difficulty finding the right partner? Are you even sure you want a partner? Does anxiety get in the wa..." read more

Brooklyn, NY 11231

New York, NY 10016

Teresa Solomita Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 18707

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Jennifer Wortham, LCSW, CT

Jennifer Wortham, LCSW, CT

Verified Credentials

Clinical Social Work, Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Adults, Elders

"Within each person are all the elements needed to heal oneself. My work is to help those who are grieving access these qualities. My approach is eclectic...." read more

New York, NY 10025

Jennifer Wortham, LCSW, CT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 15094

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Hilary Jacobs Hendel,LCSW

Hilary Jacobs Hendel,LCSW

Verified Credentials

Clinical Social Work, Social Work, Social Work

Age groups I work with: Adults

"My approach is to integrate and apply all the training, education and life experience I have had and to work collaboratively with my patients. Establishing..." read more

New York, NY 10023

Hilary Jacobs Hendel,LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 00696

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April Lane Benson, Ph.D.

April Lane Benson, Ph.D.

Verified Credentials

Psychology

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults

"I see my role as helping someone to clear away the impediments to accessing and using his or her innate wisdom. My approach is highly collaborative and I s..." read more

New York, NY 10024

April Lane Benson, Ph.D. Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 09001

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The Big Apple, known as a hub for culture, business, and the arts, is steeped in history and is home to people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. The diverse population is made up of individuals from all social classes and all levels of mental health. With over 8 million residents1, New York City strives to meet the behavioral health needs of all of its citizens by constantly monitoring and improving its services every day.

 

Mental Health Statistics
Recent statistics from the New York City Department of Mental Health found that 6% of all children in the city had one mental health issue, with 26,000 receiving diagnoses of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and 15,000 being diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder or oppositional defiance disorder in 2009. In that same year, 67% of those children between the ages of 6 and 12 with mental health diagnoses were receiving care2.

 

The top two mental health issues facing adults in the city are substance abuse and depression. According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), 16% of all adults and 14% of teens have alcohol misuse problems. Opioid and drug use is another highly treated condition among New Yorkers, with estimated prevalence ranging from 4.5% in adults to 7.5% in teens and young adults3. Nearly 8% of all NYC adults experience depression, although only one third of those with depression seek treatment, despite the best efforts of the city to educate and inform citizens about the symptoms and dangers of depression4.

 

Mental Health Programs
In recent years, the city has made great strides in mental health care. The introduction of Kendra’s Law in 19995 set the stage for monumental changes in services and protection in mental health. After a man with serious mental illness pushed Kendra Webdale in front of a subway train, the city recognized the urgent need for assisted outpatient treatment (AOT). Kendra’s Law requires that any NYC citizen with a history of violence and hospitalizations related to mental illness be monitored and overseen so that their psychological health needs can be met and serviced.

 

Additionally, the DOHMH has devised a new plan for the creation of Regional Centers of Excellence (RCE) throughout the state, with seven facilities earmarked for New York City6 and the surrounding boroughs. The RCEs will serve as networks for community-based education, prioritization, and planning, as well as staff recruitment and training and will strengthen social services at a community level.

 

Disaster Relief and Special Needs Services
New York City has been the home of several national and natural disasters in recent decades. To address the ongoing mental health needs of victims and survivors of these disasters, including the World Trade Center Disaster of 9/11, Tropical Storm Lee, Hurricane Irene, and Superstorm Sandy, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the DOHMH have implemented the New York Rising Communities Program7 for storm disaster relief, and government agencies continue to secure funding for ongoing mental health care needs resulting from the World Trade Center Disaster.

 

Crime has decreased drastically in the city in recent years, due in part to the tireless efforts of mental and social service organizations. Not only does NYC continue to grow and improve its mental health infrastructure each year, it never loses sight of those most in need, the homeless. The city offers a range of services and programs designed to offer educational training, shelter, food, and mental healthcare to the homeless population in order to increase overall quality of life for all citizens of the city.

 

1 U.S. Department of Commerce, United States Census Bureau. (2012). State & County Quick Facts. Retrieved from http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/36/3651000.html

2 Wunsch-Hitzig, R., Berger, S., White, K., and Lundy de la Cruz, N. (2013). Mental health conditions among children aged six to 12 in NYC. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Retrieved from http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/epi/databrief25.pdf

3 Aungst, S., et al. (2008). New York City Chemical Dependency Local Plan FY2008. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Retrieved from http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/basas/basas-localgovtplan-2008.pdf

4 Petit, J., Cohen, G. Lednyak, L. (2007). Detecting and treating depression in adults. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Retrieved from http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/chi/chi26-9.pdf

5 New York State Office of Mental Health. (2013). Assisted outpatient treatment reports. Retrieved from http://bi.omh.ny.gov/aot/about

6 New York State Office of Mental Health. (2013). OMH regional centers of excellence. Retrieved from http://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/excellence/rce/rceplan.pdf

7 Cuomo, A.M. (2013, July 15). Governor Cuomo to host New York rising storm recovery conference. Retrieved from http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/071513-recovery-conference