For over three decades, our Housing Resource Center (HRC) has connected people to homes. It specializes in helping homeless and incarcerated individuals to access information and referrals for mental health supportive housing. The program’s Reentry Coordination System (RCS) helps people transitioning from New York State incarceration into New York City communities find housing and care.
On a warm spring day in May, our training room was filled to capacity with social service professionals eagerly awaiting the First Person Perspectives training that was about to begin. They would be listening to Peer Specialists with lived experience of incarceration, reentry and recovery discuss how to best support their justice-involved clients with mental health issues to carve a path to recovery.
Our Training Institute provides interactive, hands-on training and continuing education credits for professionals in the human services sector. In 2017 alone, our Institute trained over 16,000 individuals throughout New York City and nation-wide. One important -- and quite popular --training our Institute offers is Motivational Interviewing and it is invaluable to professionals in the field.
For six years, our Training Institute has worked with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to train professionals working at organizations funded through the Ryan White Program. Through this partnership, the Institute has deeply impacted a number of social service providers working with people living with HIV and expanded their knowledge on topics around mental health awareness.
On April 26th Dr. Van Yu, the Chief Medical Officer of Janian Medical Care, our signature health care program, sat on a panel hosted by the New York District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association. He and the other panelists discussed how to empower a community to approach challenges in mental health care. We sat down with him to learn more about the event and how it impacted him.