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Brooklyn Mental Health Court Advocacy Program (MHCAP)

Purpose; Mental Health Court Advocacy Program

Program Overview

The Mental Health Court Advocacy Program (MHCAP) prevents mentally ill individuals involved in the criminal justice system from committing additional crimes by helping them obtain treatment and other services to address their behavioral health needs.

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Clients Served Last Year:

693

Program Contact:

Dr. J. Buzz Von Ornsteiner
Program Director

Funding Generously Provided by:

New York City Department of Mental Health and private donations.

Contact Information:

175 Remsen Street, 5th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 975-0180
drbuzz@nyctasc.org

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Program Description

The Problem:

There is lack of services for individuals with mental illness and cognitive impairments who are arrested for low-level crimes within Brooklyn Arraignment Court.

Our Solution:

Provide mentally ill or cognitively impaired individuals with the tools necessary to gain greater independence and to live structured and productive lives.

How We Do it:

The Mental Health Court Advocacy Program’s goal is to divert seriously and persistently mentally ill individuals charged with minor, low-level, non-violent crimes at the first point of contact with Criminal Court from further adjudication and confinement. Identifying these individuals early leads to a greater potential for successful treatment and, as a result, decreased recidivism.

Our team consists of a licensed psychologist, a coordinator, and forensic case managers who secure mental health and/or psychiatric treatment, medical services, entitlement benefits, substance abuse services, and referrals to long-term support.

How You Can Help:

MHCAP is in need of adult clothing, packaged food (unexpired & unopened), and unused toiletries. To support MHCAP with a gift, click here or call (516) 539-0150 x117.

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The Outcomes of MHCAP

Clients receive necessary treatment, which allows them to live stable and productive lives.

What People Say About MHCAP

I know what I did was crazy. I started to become very depressed. I didn’t care about myself anymore. I felt like my whole world was collapsing around me. Ever since I lost my sister and my mother two months apart from each other, I haven’t been the same person. I come from a decent family; I’ve always worked, never was a trouble maker, and graduated from high school. I have always respected the law, never been arrested and never committed any crime. I am so sorry for what my craziness of mind had me act upon today. I needed help, and the Mental Health Court Advocacy Program gave it to me.

Greg
MHCAP Client
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