NY1 News Story on MilestonesNYC

In 2010, NY1 did a news story about the closure of  St. Vincent’s hospital and interviewed MilestonesNYC’s founder and board member, Scott Shapiro, M.D. With the shut down, about 3,500 people scrambled to find new jobs but MilestonesNYC tried to make the transition easier by providing free counseling services.

During the interview, Dr. Shapiro said that there were certain red flags to look out for:

“There may be a change in sleep pattern, may be a change in mood, change of interest in life activities, engaging with the family, increased irritability, hopelessness,” says Shapiro. “Any of these would be a red flag that the person should seek out help either with a primary care physician or a mental health facility.”

 

Join Us for Happy Hour on October 24th

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If you are mental health professional working in New York City, we invite you to come to our new Happy Hour on October 24th at The Public House (Map). We’ll have Happy Hour drinks and you can mix and mingle with other professionals and learn more about MilestonesNYC.

In addition, MilestonesNYC staff will be there to answer all your questions about our organization. Come after work, relax and have fun!

Please RSVP on our Facebook page.

We look forward to meeting you!

Help Us With Provider Outreach

Milestones NYC is currently working on provider outreach and looking to grow our network of mental health professionals. If you are a psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, social worker, life coach, or any other professional willing to donate a small portion of your time please consider becoming part of our provider network.

We are looking for New York-based therapists that can offer up to one hour a week to help patients seeking mental health services. Those who are unemployed or workers without insurance simply do not get the mental health care they need. Milestones NYC believes that mental health treatment is a right of every person and we are committed to helping people in our community that lack access to treatment.

Please email us at info@milestonesnyc.org in order to be considered as part of our provider network. You can also look at our pages about joining the program or just fill out the online form on our website.

We hope you can join us in helping to reach some of New York’s neediest and give back to the community.

Milestones NYC Article in PsychiatryOnline

In April 2013, Psychiatric News talked with Dr. Scott Shapiro, founder of Milestones NYC. He discusses the launch of the organization in 2009, and how he looked at other similar projects in other parts of the U.S.

Before launching MilestonesNYC, Shapiro said he researched the structure and operations of similar programs, such as Give an Hour, a Washington, D.C.-based organization offering free mental health services to U.S. military personnel and their families, and the Pro Bono Counseling Project, a nonprofit mental health referral network based in Baltimore serving low-income and uninsured families. After consulting with the heads of those programs, Shapiro obtained 501(c)3 legal status and then launched a pilot version of the program and successfully matched eight patients with providers offering pro-bono services.

Read the full article here.

Mental Health Awareness Month

It is May, which means it’s Mental Health Awareness Month. This is an important part of the year where mental health and mental illness takes center stage in the hopes of reducing the stigma and helping people get the treatment they need. At Milesstones NYC, this aligns with our core mission: to help provide mental health care to people who can’t afford to pay.

Simply put, we believe that high quality mental health treatment is a right of every person. We help uninsured or underinsured New Yorkers, or those who have recently become unemployed. Read more about our eligibility requirements for new patients in order to better understand the kinds of patients we serve.

Join us this month to help spread the word about mental health. We will continue to post informative articles, re-tweet important mental health stories and keep the community aware of the state of mental health in New York and beyond.

Welcome to MilestonesNYC’s Blog

Welcome to our new blog! We’d like to keep our community up-to-date on our progress and also share some interesting stories on mental health. We’ve got a lot of changes coming soon, so please check back with us.

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