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Psychiatry Referral Resources

                                                                                             (Updated 8/2015 by Matt Cummings, Adam Faye, Anna Krigel and Ying Liu)

Although we have psychiatrist/psychologist in AIM, the local multi-disciplinary community mental health centers may be a better fit for patients who require more intensive follow up.  

***Click links below to print instructions for nearby Mental Health Center referral. 

English handout                            Spanish handout

Psych Resources within AIM/ACN and the Community

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Options for Psych Referrals in AIM:

When referring to AIM psych resources:

1) If possible, initiate treatment while awaiting consultation

2) Refer to only one clinician (if a patient could benefit from both psychiatrist and psychologist treatments, refer to only one at a time and the specialist who sees patient will arrange for other referral).

3) Consider referral to SW instead of directly to a psych provider as SW can at times determine which resource in AIM is the best fit or whether referral out of AIM is the best plan to begin with. They may also provide crisis intervention and other assistance that could help to resolve a patient's acute symptoms.

Keep in mind that AIM psych providers are available to provide help without seeing a patient (i.e. questions about diagnoses or treatment options, you may reach out by phone or email to any member of the team for input and guidance).


Mental health resources within AIM (all referrals via eclipsys orders)

EXCEPT emergent SW triage need- escort patient to 207 and write name on paper list:

1) AIM Psychiatry: Bilingual psychiatrist who is certified in geriatric psychiatry (Dr. Nery Diaz)

2) AIM Psychology: Bilingual psychologist (Dr. Mary Villena) – at ACN clinic- should be able to get apt. within 1 month.

3) AIM Geriatric Psychiatry: Geriatric psychiatrist (Dr. Mark Nathanson) and geriatric psych fellows (for patients over 60 years old).

4) AIM Social Workers

Mental health providers within AIM typically provide SHORT-TERM treatments (generally <6mo), geared toward those who do not have a history of chronic psychiatric problems but whose current presentation is more complicated than the PCP can manage alone (e.g. PCP starts meds for depression without improvement and requests addl input). After six months, patients will either be stabilized and referred back to the PCP for continued management of their psych issues, or they will be referred to a specialty behavioral health setting if they require continuing intensive treatment.


The NYP Adult Psychiatry Clinic (Eye-6 Clinic):

1) Usually weekly group therapy, but individual, family and couple therapy also available. Psychopharmacology treatment is available for all patients receiving therapy, but at times access to some treatments is limited, in particular medication only (without psychotherapy) and individual therapy in Spanish.

2) Referrals to APC should go through AIM SW who will fax a referral form to the intake coordinator, Johnny Lopez, LCSW.


NYPH-ACN Psychiatry clinics: 212-305-5977

1) Psychopharmacology and individual and group psychotherapy for both English/Spanish speaking patients, mostly targeting patients w/ depression, anxiety, personality disorders, mild bipolar disorder, less so serious psychotic disorders, also have MICA program (mental illness and chemical addiction), no resources for autism spectrum or developmental disorders. 80% of services are group-based, limited individual therapy options

2) Patients must live between 155th and 225th St. river to river, or zip code 10463 in the Bronx (zip Codes 10032, 10033, 10034, 10040, 10463, and parts of 10031)

3) To refer, patient need referral form faxed to scheduling coordinator who will review form and call patient using contact info provided, turnaround time from referral to time of appt is on average 3-4 weeks (may be longer for Spanish only speaking patients)


NYP Mobile Crisis NYP:

Who this is applicable for: Available for patient who you are concerned for acute psychiatric/substance problem. Patient does NOT have to be followed by psych at NYP or CUMC. Catchment area from Riverdale to West 125th St (and if outside this area, will give contact info for other mobile crisis services when you call).

Contact: 212-342-5797

Hours: available Mon-Fri 8AM-7PM, Sat-Sun 9AM-5PM

Languages: English and Spanish

Information: Emergency psychiatric home visits for English/Spanish speaking patients, -Field team consists of LCSW and driver/security/Spanish translator. Prior to calling, try to have available: address, telephone, known meds, substance abuse history, any history of violence or if known to have firearms in house, and name/location of mental health provider patient follows with (if any). If mobile crisis teams feels patient is not a danger to self/others they will not bring patient to CPEP, if they do feel patient is danger and patient agrees to emergency care they will bring to CPEP, if they feel patient is a danger but patient does NOT agree, mobile crisis will call 911, NYPD will respond, and patient may be brought in against will.



Contact Information for Local Mental Health Clinics:


Centro Medico Dominicano:

Who this is applicable for: Spanish speaking adults with mental health disorders.

Location: 185th btw Wadsworth and St. Nicholas Ave.

Contact: 212-543-3500 for 3rd floor psych; 212-928-3900 is main line.

Languages: Spanish

Information: 5 psychiatrists on staff, mainly Dr. Fernando Taveras; 2 therapists who do group and single therapy. They will see all types of patients with any psychiatric condition. New patient appointments can take up to 2 months.

Insurance: Any Medicaid, can do pro bono for uninsured on a per patient basis.


Metropolitan Center for Mental Health:

Who this is applicable for: Patients with mental health disorders and substance abuse issues.

Location: 1090 St. Nicholas Avenue, located at St. Nicholas Ave. and 165th St

Instructions for mental health issues: Call (212) 543-0777 for an appointment for an intake. You will get a call back within 24 hours for a phone interview, then will have an appointment in 1-2 weeks with a social worker and therapist.

Instructions for dual diagnosis/substance abuse appointments: Call (212) 543-4445 for an appointment. Appointments typically scheduled within 1 week.

Languages: English and Spanish

Insurance: Medicaid, Affinity, Metroplus, Healthfirst, Fidelis, HIP, Private insurance- 1199, GHI.


ACDP (Community Association of Progressive Dominicans):

Who this is applicable for: Patients with Depression, Anxiety, other mental health disorders. They do not see substance abuse patients. They will see patients during their walk-in hours for an initial visit and then thereafter with both therapists and psychiatrists available.

Location: 3940 Broadway, 2nd Floor. (165th and Broadway)

Languages: English and Spanish

Instructions: In order to be seen you must first go to the clinic at one of their walk-in times: Mondays 3:30pm-4:30, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1-2pm, Thursdays and Fridays 11am-12pm. Once a therapist sees the patient for an evaluation, they will then setup regular therapist visits and appointments with psychiatrists for medication management.

Contact: Call (212) 781-5500.  Fax- (212)-927-6089

Insurance: Not a comprehensive list but accepts many including- Medicaid, Medicare, Affinity, Neighborhood, Metroplus, GHI, Healthfirst, 1199, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Amerigroup, Emblem Health, UVH, Americhoice, Well Care, and more.


Manhattan North Clinic: Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services:  

Who this is applicable for: Patients with mental health disorders.

Location: 5030 Broadway (between 213th and 214th Streets), Suite 201

Instructions: Call (844) 663-2255 (Intake number). Appointments usually take 2-3 months to obtain, but providers can call for appointments and get them sooner for their patients.

Languages: English and Spanish

Insurance: Affinity, Medicaid, Medicare, Health-First, Health-plus, Metroplus, WellCare, Americhoice, Ameri-group, Fidelis, HIP, Oxford, VNS Choice, Empire Blue Emblem, Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, 1199, Aetna, Beacon Hill, GHI, Fidelis, APS.


Fedcap Rehabilitation Services :

Who this is applicable for: Patients with mental health orders not with substance abuse issues. Walk-in hours available for patients for initial appointments.

Location: 1011 Washington Avenue, Bronx NY 10456, near 165th street

Instructions: Walk-in to office from Tuesday to Friday from 12pm-4pm for initial intake. Appointments then scheduled in 1-2 weeks.

Contact: (718) 585-4205

Languages: English and Spanish

Insurance: Healthfirst, Medicaid, Medicare, Affiinity, Healthplus Metroplus, Americhoice, Amerigroup, Fidelis, Emblem, GHI, HIP, AmediaCare, MVP, Oxford, VNS, WellCare, TriCare


Upper Manhattan Mental Health Center (Emma L. Bowen Community Center or the Center):

Who this is applicable for: Adults and elderly with mental health issues, substance abuse issues, and unstable living situations.

Location: 1727 Amsterdam Ave, Manhattan; at 145th St. and Amsterdam Ave.

Instructions: It is best to go directly to the office and ask for the Mental Health Center and ask to schedule an appointment with a Mental Health Professional.

Contact: You may also call (212) 694-9200 (main line) and schedule an appointment.

Languages: English and Spanish

Information: Clinic offers crisis line, food pantry, adult clinic for individual therapy 646-340-1405 (psychotherapy for all disorders), elderly clinic, halfway home after inpatient rehab 646-340-1400 and 12 step groups.

Insurance: Affinity, Medicaid, Medicare, Healthfirst, Healthplus, Neighborhood, HIP, Amerigroup, Fidelis.


Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center

Location: 234 East 149th Street Bronx, New York 10451

Information: Outpatient Adult Clinic with individual and group therapy and mobile crisis unit. Also has 33 bed inpatient unit.

Contact: (718) 579-5893 (can only leave messages) 718-579-5016 (Medical Center Main Line) for appointments.


Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center:

Who this is applicable for: This is an outpatient mental health clinic for adults age 18 and up.  **Filled to capacity so not accepting any referral from outpatient**

Location: Adult Psychiatry OPD 1285 Fulton Ave. Bronx, NY 10456; Call (718)-579-7395 to inquire if your patient meets criteria.

Languages: English, Spanish (limited number of Spanish speaking providers but they have Spanish speaking therapists).

Contact: Call 718-579-7395 if you have a patient that may be able to be referred here.

Information:  Offers CBT, family, couples, and group therapy, and medication management (including injections). Filled to capacity so not accepting any referral from outpatient. They will only see patients from an inpatient referral. They will make the appointment for within 1 week of discharge but the patient has to have their accepted insurance (ex: Do not take United Healthcare), live in the Bronx in their catchment area, and have no substance use issues. They also have no more day programs.


Other psychiatry education and referral resources within NYP:


Adult and Late Life Depression Research Clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute:

Who this is applicable for: Mainly English speaking adults with depression and memory problems ages 18-95.

Location: New York State Psychiatric Institute (1051 Riverside Dr, across from Milstein)

Contact: Call Dr. Bret Rutherford at 646 774 8660 or research assistant at 646 774 8652.

Information: Free comprehensive psychiatric evaluations for all patients referred. Free medical work up and psychiatric treatment for patients entering a research study. After the comprehensive evaluation, eligible patients will be offered participation in a study. Current studies involve both open treatment and placebo-controlled studies of antidepressant medication and cognitive enhancers. Regardless of study, all patients receive at least 3 months of free open treatment following research participation. Non-eligible patients will be referred to other appropriate psychiatric treatment.


Eating Disorder Research:

Who this is applicable for: English speaking patients with eating disorders.

Location: New York State Psychiatric Institute; Eating Disorders Clinic

Unit 98, 1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032

Contact:  Email: EDRU@pi.cpmc.columbia.edu; Phone # - 646-774-8066

Hours: 9am-5pm EST Monday-Friday

Information:  They do not have the capacity to accommodate Spanish only speaking patients- the patient needs to be able to speak English in some capacity. It is a research hospital that is funded to conduct studies on eating disorders and are able to provide treatment at no cost for those who are interested in and eligible for our research. They are currently recruiting for both outpatient and inpatient studies so you can send patients their way by giving them the main clinic line. In order to determine whether someone is eligible they have a three step screening process, which starts with a brief phone conversation about medical and psychiatric history. They ask that people leave a message with their name and number and their call will be returned within 24 hours.


NYC Psychiatric Help Websites/Hotlines

NYC Psychiatric Help Hotline: 1-800-LIFENET- staffed 24 x7, v. helpful for pts who live outside of our referral area

En Espanol: 1-877-AYUDESE –staffed 24 x 7, helpful for pts outside of our usual referral region

National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-TALK (multilanguage)



 Patient Education Materials:

The National Institute of Mental Health has an excellent patient education website, complete with English Handouts on many subjects and Spanish handouts also. The NYC psychiatric help website has additional information (English only) on diseases, with an emphasis on services available to patients in New York City.


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