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Mental Health Resources

Mental health and substance abuse are often connected with physical health status and behaviors. Research has indicated that addictive behavior such as tobacco, alcohol, and substance abuse often occurs within the context of mental health problems (New York State Department of Health, 2009). The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) estimates that one in 13 New York State residents experiences substance abuse disorders (New York State Department of Health, 2009). At any given time, almost one in five young people nationally suffer from mental, emotional, and behavioral (MEB) disorders, including conduct disorders, depression, and substance abuse (New York State Department of Health, 2020). Millions of other individuals whose lives are also affected by substance abuse include children, spouses, and extended families.

The Financial Burden of Mental Health Disorders

Substance abuse, depression, and other mental health disorders not only affect individual health but also have long-term negative effects including high psychosocial and economic costs for individuals and their families. The financial costs in terms of treatment services and lost productivity are estimated at $467 billion in 2012, and $442 billion for misuse of prescription drugs, illicit drugs, and alcohol (New York State Department of Health, 2020). The New York State Department of Health (2020) has incorporated the aim of preventing substance abuse and other (MEB) disorders into its action plans due to the negative impacts on New York residents. Key objectives include preventing substance misuse and deaths as well as reducing the prevalence of major mental disorders.

Below are a few mental health resources for people living in the south Bronx with substance use problems.

NYC Health + Hospitals Jacobi Services

The Jacobi clinic provides a wide range of healthcare services for people with mental health and substance abuse disorders. It is located at 1400 Pelham Parkway South Bronx, NY 10461. To learn more about mental health services offered by the Jacobi clinic, please visit:

  • Inpatient Behavioral Health Services

They offer both individual and group treatment, including group therapy, occupational therapy groups, patient education groups, therapeutic reaction, and family meetings. Their specialty programs include psychiatric and substance abuse programs and a three-to-five-day detoxification program. Clinical evaluation and crisis intervention are available 24 hours a day for emergencies.

  • Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP)

CPEP is a hospital-based psychiatric emergency program that directs patients who may be mentally ill to receive emergency observation, evaluation, care, and treatment in a safe and comfortable environment.

Location: 1400 Pelham Parkway South, Building #1 - 1W6

Hours of Operation: 24-hours/7 days

Age: Child, Adolescent, Adult, Geriatric

Telephone: 718-918-4850

  • Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Center (CATC)

The CATC program provides outpatient chemical dependency treatment for men and women over the age of 18 years old. CATC health professionals offer patients a full psychiatric and medical evaluation and help determine the appropriate treatment for patients. Patients can participate in individual therapy and daily group counseling.

Location: 1400 Pelham Parkway South, Building #1,9th floor, 9 West2

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Age: 18 years and older

Telephone number: 718-918-4465

Bronx Addiction Treatment Center

The center is a 38-bed facility for adult men, women, LGBT, and Spanish speakers. It is a New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS) licensed facility. Their services are designed to address the specific health needs of patients who experience physical, psychological, and social symptoms associated with substance abuse. They offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of most major mental health problems. Their services include individualized psychotherapy on a time-limited basis, as well as extensive mental-health education on a case-by-case basis. Their interdisciplinary team includes psychiatrists, social workers, and other qualified health professionals. In addition, they offer recreational activities and training sessions that are designed to address mental health problems and substance abuse. These activities include aerobics, tournament games, recovery-specific board games, tai chi, and community field trips.

They have several admissions criteria, including

1) The individual appears to be in need of inpatient chemical dependency services and in need of a higher level of care.

2) The individual is unable to participate in or comply with treatment outside of a 24-hour structured treatment setting based on one or more of the following conditions:

- a living environment not helpful for recovery;

- physical or mental complications and co-morbidities requiring medical management;

- a lack of judgment or motivation to seek 24-hour supervision;

3) Individuals must reside in one of the counties (within the Bronx) served by the addiction treatment center.

4) The individual must be at least 18. Under special circumstances, a person under 18 may be admitted. Please contact the addiction treatment center for details (see below).

5) Fees based on Individual's ability to pay (No individuals denied access based on inability to pay).

6) Final admission decisions are always made by the medical director in compliance with their review standards.

Contact methods:

Address: 1500 Waters Place, Bronx, NY 10461-2723

Phone: 718-904-0026


New York State Department of Health. 2020. Prevention Agenda 2019-2024: Promote Well-Being and Prevent Mental and Substance Use Disorders Action Plan.

New York State Department of Health. 2009. Priority Area: Mental Health/Substance Abuse.

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