Community Access

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.

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

  • Education & Job Training

  • Crisis Services

  • Health & Wellness

  • Advocacy

  • Art

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ReelAbilities Film Festival

Founded in 2007 by the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. The weeklong festival is renowned for its wide-ranging international film selection, riveting conversations, and performances, presented annually in dozens of venues across the New York metropolitan area. In 2010, ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York expanded into a national program, presenting its one of a kind programming in cities throughout the United States.


The Icarus Project- NYC

The Icarus Project is a support network and education project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness. We advance social justice by fostering mutual aid practices that reconnect healing and collective liberation. We transform ourselves through transforming the world around us.

The Icarus Project NYC is a local chapter of The Icarus Project. We envision a new culture that allows the space and freedom for exploring different states of being, and recognizes that breakdown can be the entrance to breakthrough. We aim to create a language that is so vast and rich that it expresses the infinite diversity of human experiences. Our monthly workshops explore these themes through peer-based discussion, guest presentations, art, forum theater and more. For more information about this month’s event see:

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Parachute NYC:

Parachute NYC is an innovative citywide approach to provide a “soft-landing” for individuals experiencing psychiatric crisis. When someone is in crisis—but not at imminent risk to self or others—s/he can be referred to Parachute NYC by calling 1-800-LIFENET. The person will be seen at home by an enhanced Mobile team within 24 hours of the referral. The enhanced Mobile team will have the ability to work with the person as frequently as needed—even daily—for up to one year. The team will help the person to develop a network starting at the first meeting. This network will include the person and other people s/he chooses, such as family, friends, vocational staff, etc.

If the person receiving services needs a different level of care than can be provided at home—and is not at imminent risk to self or others—s/he can be referred to the Crisis Respite Center. The Respite is a home-like, warm, supportive and safe environment for people to stay during times of heightened distress. People may stay at the Respite for up to fourteen days. During their stay, Respite guests will continue to work with the Mobile team. The Respite is staffed with a mixture of peers and behavioral health professionals who are available 24/7 to offer peer support, wellness education and skills building.


Hearing Voices New York City

is a group of people that share a common cause: to promote alternative ways of thinking about voices, visions, and other extreme or unusual experiences (or what is commonly called “psychosis”). We are a partnership of voice-hearers, people with lived experience, clinicians, peer-support workers, family members, researchers, activists, and friends. We work together in close collaboration in order to: (1) expand Hearing Voices peer support groups in NYC; (2) educate others about voices in order to reduce stigma, ignorance, and anxiety; (3) understand more about the experience of voice-hearing; and (4) improve the mental health care system by promoting alternative methods for helping people recover from distressing voice experiences.

Check out our website for upcoming events :

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FJC - A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds

FJC is a 501c3 public charity that provides fiscal sponsorship to IDHA

 FJC’s Mission is to:

  • Increase and maximize the impact of charitable dollars.

  • Create innovative and customized philanthropic solutions.

  • Respond effectively to the needs and interests of donors, borrowers and other clients.