Protected: Mobile Behavioral Health DRAFT 2023 Services

Mobile Treatment Services for People Living with Serious Mental Illnesses

Mobile Behavioral Health Directors: Patricia Haversham-Brown, @phaversham-brown@cases.org and Erica Kwan, ekwan@cases.org

People living with serious mental illnesses, substance use disorders, and other behavioral health needs are disproportionately criminalized and incarcerated in New York City—over half of people incarcerated on Rikers Island have a mental illness, and at least one in five have a serious mental illness. Inadequate behavioral health treatment combined with the emotional and physical trauma experienced in jails and prisons results in a decline in overall wellness as well as significant challenges reentering the community for people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. 

CASES Mobile Behavioral Health Services staff meet New Yorkers in their communities, including in their homes, in shelters, on the streets, or in hospitals—anywhere they feel comfortable and/or need support, to address their needs. The Mobile Behavioral Health Services department operates 14 State-licensed, evidence-based mobile treatment teams, including seven Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams and seven Intensive Mobile Treatment (IMT) teams, working across all five boroughs to provide 24/7 psychiatric, nursing, social work, and peer services to support the recovery and wellness of New Yorkers with behavioral health needs who have been impacted by involvement in the City’s criminal legal system. 

Impact

By meeting people in their communities, CASES Mobile Behavioral Health Services furthers healing, recovery, and success. 

In FY23, Mobile Behavioral Health: 

  • Delivered 40,320 individual services to people in the community across all IMT, FACT, and ACT teams
  • Reduced homelessness by % (NOT AVAILABLE)
  • Reduced criminal legal system involvement by % (NOT AVAILABLE)

Mobile Behavioral Health Programs

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
CASES operates two ACT teams delivering mobile mental health and substance use treatment services for adults in Manhattan and Brooklyn with serious mental illness in the community. Eligibility: Adults with serious mental illnesses

Young Adult Assertive Community Treatment (YA ACT)
CASES YA ACT team is the only ACT team in New York City specializing in delivering mobile mental health and substance use treatment services for young adults (age 18 to 25) in the Bronx with serious mental illness. To make a referral, complete the YA ACT Referral Form.
Eligibility: Young adults with serious mental illness 

Forensic Community Treatment (FACT)
CASES operates three FACT teams delivering mobile treatment services for adults in Manhattan and Brooklyn with serious mental illness and current or previous criminal legal system involvement, including people returning to the community from state prison.
Eligibility: Adults with serious mental illnesses who have current or recent  involvement in the criminal legal system 

Assertive Community Treatment Alternative-To-Incarceration (ACT ATI)
CASES Nathaniel ACT team is the only ACT ATI team in New York City, serving individuals who meet ACT criteria and have criminal legal involvement in Manhattan and Brooklyn criminal courts. The Nathaniel ACT team serves individuals residing in all 5 boroughs of New York City. To make a referral, complete CASES Alternative-to-Incarceration (ATI) Programs Referral Form.
Eligibility: Adults with serious mental illnesses who have have court cases in Manhattan or Brooklyn criminal courts and are eligible for alternative-to-incarceration. 
 

Intensive Mobile Treatment (IMT)
CASES operates seven IMT teams delivering delivering mobile mental health and substance use treatment for people with complex behavioral health needs, unstable housing, and/or involvement in the criminal legal system.
Eligibility: Adults with behavioral health needs and involvement in the criminal legal system

How to Refer: All referrals to Assertive Community Treatment (ACT or Intensive Mobile Treatment (IMT) programs in New York City must be submitted via the Single Point of Access (SPOA).