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Criminal Justice Advocacy for People with Mental Illness

The Equitas Project

TYPE: This a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focuses on disentangling mental health and criminal justice. The mission is to cultivate a shared commitment to prioritize personal liberty and human potential over punishment and confinement.
SERVICES: Equitas works locally and nationally to: raise awareness, underscore the urgency of culture change and systems reform, bring allies together, set the stage for innovative conversations and ambitious goal-setting with allies, propel continuous progress toward better mental health outcomes, and identify and disseminate bright ideas and successful practices.
DAY LINE: 1-303-789-2664 X210

Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice

TYPE: The Greenburger Center advocates for reforms to the criminal justice system in collaboration with involved organizations.
SERVICES: Its first major project will be the opening of HOPE HOUSE on CROTONA PARK, an “Alternative to Incarceration” facility for individuals with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders accused of certain felonies.
DAY LINE: 212-206-5655
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The Icarus Project NYC

TYPE: The Icarus Project is a support network and media project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness. Icarus advances social justice by fostering mutual aid practices that reconnect healing and collective liberation. Local affiliate of an international network The Icarus Project
SERVICES: Holds regular events, workshops and celebrations. Has an active twitter account and an online community at Facebook. Icarus uses a model of an open network of closed groups. Periodically, Icarus hosts meetups to help people organize new cells.
TELEPHONE: Not available

Mental Health Alternatives to Solitary Confinement (MHASC)

TYPE: MHASC is a coalition of more than sixty organizations and hundreds of concerned citizens, advocates, mental health and criminal justice professionals, formerly incarcerated people and their family members, working to end the cruel practice of placing people with psychiatric disabilities in solitary confinement.
SERVICES: MHASC advocates for the implementation and oversight of the Special Housing Unit (SHU) Exclusion Law. MHASC is also engaged in creating supplemental trainings for Mental Health and Corrections staff. MHASC’s family committee works to improve the prison mental health system’s response to family members of imprisoned people with psychiatric disabilities.
DAY LINE: 646.602.5600

New Hour for Women and Children – Long Island

TYPE: Support for children and mothers during and after incarcertation
SERVICES: Parenting skills, work skills, and wellness programs Higher
Education Advocacy, Domestic Violence Resources, Member Mentoring,
Navigating Re-Entry Services, Access to Housing Resources, Re-Entry
Classes in the Riverhead Correctional Facility, Children of Incarcerated
Parents Resources.
DAY LINE: 631-273-3300
INSURANCE: Nonprofit

New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) Peer Services

TYPE: NYAPRS is a statewide coalition of people who use and/or provide recovery oriented community based mental health services. It is the major consumer organization in NYS.
SERVICES: Referral resource for NYAPRS members. Through a set of programs located through NYS and NYC, NYAPRS partners peers with individuals in services to offer a unique opportunity at successful recovery.
DAY LINE: 1-518- 436-0008
E-MAIL: Denise Ranaghan, Director of Peer Services,

Osborne Association

TYPE: he Osborne Association works in partnership with individuals, families, and communities to create opportunities for people affected by the criminal justice system to further develop their strengths and lead lives of responsibility and contribution.
SERVICES: Its programs are designed to be family-focused, supporting participants within the context of their family relationships and communities.
DAY LINE: 845-345-9845

Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC)

TYPE: Criminal justice advocacy organization. The TAC is a respected, independent voice for reforming treatment laws nationwide.
SERVICES: TAC engages in a wide range of activities and projects aimed at increasing treatment for people with severe mental illness. Its website is designed to provide the public and policy makers with a reliable source of information about state treatment laws and family members with information and resources for helping loved ones with severe mental illness.
DAY LINE: (703)294-6001

Vera Institute of Justice

TYPE: Vera is committed to building and improving justice systems to ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities.
SERVICES: They work with other advocates to tackle what they believe to be the most pressing injustices of our day. These include: mass incarceratin, racial disparities, the loss of public trust in law enforcement, and the unmet needs of vulnerable populations. Vera prioritizes rehabilitation and socialization over retribution.
DAY LINE: 212-334-1300

Women’s Opportunity and Rehabilitation Center

TYPE: An alternative to incarceration (ATI) program for female offenders in and around Nassau County, NY.

SERVICE: A six month structured day reporting program that provides advocacy for pre-sentence female offenders, educational assistance, vocational services, personal counseling, life-skills workshops and assessment and referrals

DAYLINE: 516-505-9672 accepts collect calls from Nassau County Correctional Facility

INSURANCE: No fee -funded in part by Nassau County District Attorney’s Office


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