About The Coalition

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Citywide Behavioral Health Coalition for the Black Elderly, Inc.  works to ensure that Black older adult residents of New York City have sufficient access to the best, culturally competent mental health services and a quality of life that promotes mental well-being.


Through the Coalition, concerned New York City mental health professionals including those in clinical practice, research, policy, planning and government come together with older adults of African descent and their families to advocate for appropriate mental health services, responsive and inclusive systems of care

and age affirming communities.  We view these as important to the sense of dignity, pride, health and mental well-being Black older adults deserve.

There are nearly 200,000 Black residents of NYC who are age 65 and older representing approximately twenty percent of the City’s older adult population.  It is estimated that between fifteen and twenty-five percent of older adults will experience mental health problems. Yet, indications are that Black elders are not accessing needed mental health care. Therefore, the Coalition devotes its efforts toward:
  • Advocacy
  • Caregiver Support
  • Consultation
  • Family Support
  • Information/Referral
  • Network Development
  • Outreach
  • Promoting Best/Promising Practices
  • Training/Education
  • Workforce Development



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Abyssinian Dev. Corp.

Advanced Psychotherapy Services

Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Ch.

Brooklyn Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Ctr, SUNY Downstate

Central Harlem Senior Citizens Coalition, Inc.

Esplanade Gardens NORC

F.E.G.S. Caregiver Support Svs.

Fort Greene Council, Inc.

Gouverneur Health

Ctr. For Older Adults &

Their Families


Harlem Hospital (HHC)

NYC Caucus and Center on Black Aged