Connections to Care

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In July 2015, the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund, the Center for Economic Opportunity and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced the Connections to Care program, a $30 million public-private partnership to evaluate the integration of mental health support at community-based organizations serving low-income and at-risk populations that struggle with unmet mental health needs. Connections to Care is the largest public-private partnership in ThriveNYC: A Mental Health Roadmap for All, and it is one of the largest public-private partnerships in Mayor’s Fund history.

Following a competitive Request for Proposals process, 15 community-based organizations have been selected by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, in collaboration with the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, to receive grants to partner with mental health providers, train staff and improve access to mental health care in their communities through the Connections to Care program. The selected community-based organizations provide services range from daycare to workforce development, and their geographic reach extends across all five boroughs. Learn more about the organizations.

Social service staff at all 15 community-based organizations will receive training from their mental health provider partner to offer non-clinical mental health support to clients in three target populations: expectant parents and/or parents of children up to the age of four; out of school, out of work young adults ages 16 to 24; and/or unemployed or underemployed adults ages 18 and over.

Over the next five years, the mental health providers are expected to train nearly 1,000 staff members at community-based organizations to offer mental health services in non-clinical settings, serving 8,600 New Yorkers per year.

In total, Connections to Care is expected to serve more than 40,000 New Yorkers in five years.

By increasing access to mental health services over the next five years, Connections to Care aims to improve the mental health of participants, and in turn, increase participants’ success with other social services provided by the community-based organization. To determine if these goals are met, the Mayor’s Fund has selected the RAND Corporation with NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research to evaluate the program. That evaluation will be supported by a $2 million, three-year grant from The Ford Foundation.

The Mayor’s Fund is grateful to all of the Connection to Care initiative’s private funders, including: the Social Innovation Fund of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Ford Foundation, the Chapman Perelman Foundation, Benificus Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and Dr. Marilyn Simons of the Simons Foundation.

Connections to Care Subgrantees

Community-Based Organization

Mental Health Partner

Primary Target Population

Arab American Association of New York

NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers


Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

Brooklyn Community Services

Unemployed/Underemployed Adults


Jewish Board of Children & Family Services

Parents of Young Children

Center for Employment Opportunities


Unemployed/Underemployed Adults

Committee for Hispanic Children & Families


Parents of Young Children & Unemployed/Underemployed Adults

Hetrick-Martin Institute

Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center

Out of School, Out of Work Youth

Hudson Guild

Hudson Guild Paula Balser Counseling Center

Parents of Young Children

Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services, Teachers College, Columbia University Unemployed/Under employed Adults, Out of School, Out of Work Youth

Red Hook Initiative

NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers

Out of School, Out of Work Youth

Safe Horizon

Safe Horizon Counseling Center

Parents of Young Children

Sheltering Arms Children & Family Services

Safe Space

Parents of Young Children

STRIVE International

Union Settlement Association and Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work

Unemployed/Underemployed Adults

The Door

University Settlement

Out of School, Out of Work Youth

The HOPE Program

Brookdale University Hospital

Unemployed/Underemployed Adults

Voces Latinas

Catholic Charities of Brooklyn & Queens

Parents of Young Children & Out of School, Out of Work Youth

Number of Community-Based Organizations Serving Residents in Each Borough

  • Brooklyn - 8
  • Bronx - 7
  • Manhattan - 8
  • Queens - 7
  • Staten Island - 4

Public Notice of SIF Subgrantees and Selection Process

As a recipient of a 2015 Social Innovation Fund grant, the Mayor’s Fund is required by the Corporation for National and Community Service to make the following information about the Connections to Care subgrantees and the subgrantee selection process available to the public:

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