New Beginnings Community Counseling Center


The New Beginnings Community Counseling Center provides quality mental health services to the adults and children in the Mott Haven community and those patients of Narco Freedom programs who indicate need. Of particular concern to the program are Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (MICA) who attend Narco Freedom programs and are in need of coordinated mental health and AOD services.

Available on site and through satellites are psychiatric, psychological, and social work assessment, crisis intervention, pharmacotherapy, case management, family therapy, and individual and group psychotherapy, behavior management and psychoeducational services.

Family members of adult and child patients will be able to participate in behavior management and psychoeducational groups and will be encouraged to attend a family members support group held monthly.

Children and adults who are able to manage their illness on an outpatient basis will be able to access medication as indicated, play therapy, individual counseling, group counseling, and AOD services within the Narco Freedom system.

A satellite site for mental health services especially for methadone clients is, or will soon be located in each Narco Freedom MMTP site. In these satellites, intake, assessment, medication monitoring, and crisis intervention services will be available.

A full array of chemotherapy services is available in the New Beginnings program. These include medication management, blood level monitoring, and other services where indicated. Given the focus of Narco Freedom on AOD services, doctors are trained to understand the impact of substance abuse on symptomatology and the need for taking AOD treatment concerns into account in mental health services.

Services are provided by culturally and linguistically appropriate staff in English and Spanish. Staffing of the New Beginnings Mental Health Program includes an MSW program director, full-time and part-time psychiatrist, a part-time psychologist, several MSW/CSW level therapists and LMHCs, and two mental health technicians. Over 800 patients receive services through New Beginnings Counseling Program.
Bronx – 401 E. 147th St., Kenia Valentin, 718-402-5250

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