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CNGCS Receives Grant

Central Nassau Guidance Receives $390,400 HEAL NY GRANT

Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services, Hicksville was awarded a $390,400 grant from New York State’ HEAL NY Phase 18 program. The award will allow the agency to make significant renovations and repairs to a building it operates on the grounds of Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Brentwood.

Central Nassau Guidance runs two (2) licensed residential programs on the site as well as their recently opened Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS) program called Pathways to Recovery. The grant will be used to install an elevator and a bathroom to make the building accessible to the physically handicapped. Other interior renovations include the construction of a new Group Meeting Room for the Pathways to Recovery program.

These funds will provide for essential repairs and renovations that will have a positive impact upon the programs we operate at this facility, said Central Nassau Guidance’s CEO, Barbara Bartell, LCSW. “It is especially important that we make this facility accessible to all because no one should ever be denied mental health services because they couldn’t access a building.”

Only nineteen hospitals and clinics across New York State were selected as recipients of the HEAL NY Grants to improve the coordination and delivery of inpatient and outpatient mental health services. These awards are the latest in a series of funding initiatives provided through the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL NY) and the Federal-State Health Reform Partnership (F-SHRP). The New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) will jointly administer the funding in conjunction with the State Office of Mental Health.

The HEAL NY grants are principally for capital projects involving the consolidation, renovation, and expansion of treatment space. Projects will enable hospitals and clinics to address service needs arising from aging physical plants, hospital closures, and innovations in mental health treatment modalities that will improve services for clients in the community and prevent unnecessary hospitalizations.

Quality health care must address the needs of the whole person, and New York State is making investments in our health care system to accomplish this goal and benefit patients,” said State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. “These awards will upgrade and modernize New York’s mental health infrastructure to provide better and more efficient health care for all individuals seeking treatment.”

Michael F. Hogan, PhD, Commissioner of the Office of Mental Health, said, “These awards fill a key gap in the mental health safety net. Facilities will use the awards to modernize and improve environments of care. Over time, these resources will help us to reduce excess inpatient mental health hospitalization by strengthening outpatient and community-based services more appropriate to clients’ needs.”

DASNY President Paul T. Williams, Jr. said: “DASNY looks forward to working with the Department of Health and the Office of Mental Health to facilitate funding for capital projects that support needed innovation in the delivery of mental health services.”

Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services was recognized as a leading provider of mental health and substance abuse services on Long Island. The agency is known for identifying service gaps and challenges facing consumers, advocating for governmental supports for them, and developing programs and services to meet emerging needs. Many of their clients come to the agency with a history of frequent hospitalizations but the agency has achieved success in significantly reducing the number of emergency room visits and hospitalizations of clients.