Community Access, Inc.

Building Homes, Hopes, and Futures

New York, NY   |  www.communityaccess.org

Mission

Community Access expands opportunities for people living with mental health concerns to recover from trauma and discrimination through affordable housing, training, advocacy, and healing-focused services. We are built upon the simple truth that people are experts in their own lives.

Ruling year info

1974

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Cal Hedigan

Main address

17 Battery Place Suite 1326

New York, NY 10004 USA

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EIN

23-7399839

NTEE code info

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Founded in 1974, Community Access is a pioneer of supportive housing and social services in NYC for people with mental health concerns. We proudly lead advocacy efforts that rally our community to promote human rights, social justice, and economic opportunities for all. Too often, the people we serve have been left out and shut out, seen as undeserving of the opportunity to build or re-build their lives: New Yorkers who have lived on the streets or in shelters and institutions for years (sometimes decades); who are struggling with drug and alcohol use; who are recovering from trauma, discrimination, and isolation.

Our programs

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Housing

Community Access is one of the oldest and largest providers of supportive housing in New York City. We created the blended housing model, which has become a best practice nationally: low-income families living side-by-side with people with mental health concerns. We have developed more than 1,100 units of supportive housing in New York, and are raising capital to develop at least 1,000 new units.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Community Access aims to expand opportunities for people living with mental health concerns to recover from trauma and discrimination through affordable housing, training, advocacy, and healing-focused services. We are built upon the simple truth that people are experts in their own lives.

We value:
* Human Rights: We challenge and lead the mental health system towards greater rights-based policies and practices.
* Peer Expertise: We are dedicated to a workforce where at least 51% of our employees identify as having a personal experience using mental health services. We ensure that the voices and wisdom of individuals who have used mental health services have a visible and active presence in all aspects of our work.
* Self-Determination: We defend the right of all individuals to create lives of their own choosing.
* Harm Reduction: We embrace policies and practices that promote dignity, wellbeing and access to health care.
* Healing and Recovery: We seek out and promote culturally relevant, trauma-informed and research-based opportunities for individual and community wellness.

Community Access provides person-centered services that help people pursue goals that are important to them — from gaining access to an affordable home, to learning new skills; from re-establishing community ties, to setting goals for the future.

* Housing: We are one of the oldest and largest providers of supportive housing in NYC. We created the blended housing model, which has become a best practice nationally: this includes low-income families living side-by-side with people with mental health concerns.

* Education & Job Training: Our award-winning programs combine research-based methods with the bedrock principles of peer expertise. Of note, our Howie the Harp Advocacy Center in Harlem is recognized nationally as the gold standard in job training for mental health consumers.

* Crisis Services: We opened the first Crisis Respite Center in NYC, and run the only peer-operated support line—resources that help people avoid emergency rooms and costly hospitalizations.

* Health & Wellness: We run several programs focused on helping participants improve physical and emotional well-being, including care coordination services, urban farming initiatives, a pet adoption program, and a dynamic PROS (personalized recovery-oriented services) program.

* Advocacy: We are the leading advocacy organization for mental health consumers in New York. We train and empower community members to engage in activities that help shape policies and system-wide change.

* Art: Our unique Art Collective workshops empower participants to use art as a healing tool.

Over the course of 40+ years, Community Access has successfully changed, for the better, the landscape of mental health and housing – in New York City and beyond. We think big. We’re experts in our field. And we have a proven track-record of delivering impressive results.

* Core goal of hiring at least 51% peer staff (people with experience of using mental health services), including in leadership positions.
* Our job training program has been replicated internationally.
* Sophisticated public-private financing deals: $300 million investments in real estate developments.
* We opened New York City’s first Crisis Respite Center, a cost-effective alternative to emergency hospitalization.
* Prestigious national awards in housing, advocacy, and mental health peer rights.
* Founding member of an innovative health care collaborative, empowering service providers to partner more efficiently with managed care companies.
* We host the oldest and largest mental health film festival in the United States.
* We lead a coalition of 200 nonprofit agencies advocating to improve NYC crisis response protocols.

Community Access has always been rooted in a set of values: human rights, self-determination, peer expertise, harm reduction, and healing and recovery. It is our commitment to these values, in every aspect of our work, that has helped us change the landscape of mental health services and supportive housing in New York.

Many people who come to us have cycled through institutions for decades – foster care, hospitals, shelters, and jails. They are testaments to human strength and resiliency, surviving trauma and abuse, poverty, stigma, and isolation. For most, the world has not been a welcoming place. At Community Access, we seek to change that by opening our doors wide and nurturing communities built upon respect and a belief in human capacity.

Financials

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Community Access, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/09/2020
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Board chair

Stephen Chase

President, Clean Ventures, Inc. (retired)

Ramesh Shah

Chairman, WNS North America, Inc. (retired)

Stephen Chase

President, Clean Ventures, Inc. (retired)

Dr. Cynthia Green

Member of the Board, Governmental Accounting Standards Board

Catherine Patsos

Attorney, Katten, Muchin, Rosenman, LLP

Barbara Malatesta

Community Advocate

Mary Massimo

Senior Advisor and Consultant, Human Resources

Adil Nathani

Managing Principal, QMS Capital Management, LP

Elise Chowdhry

Managing Principal, Optimum Advisors LLC

Martha Dabagian

Chief Administrative Officer, Hoplite Capital Management

Theodore Francavilla

CFO, Concordia College Bronxville

Diane Louard-Michel

Executive Director, Lantern Community Services

Laura Gould

Psychotherapist

Dan Wurtzel

President, FirstService Residential New York

Mary D'Souza

CFO & Director, Sentio BioSciences LLC, and Partner, Sixiang Holding

David Segura

Chief Operating Officer, Carbon-12 Labs

Bradley Soto

Director, Medicaid Strategy, Planning & Performance Evaluation, Anthem, Inc.

Jose Vazquez

Co-Founder & Chief Solutions Officer, University of Maryland Medical System Health Plans

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes