Mental Health Project
Free Legal and Social Work Services
for the Mental Health Community
The Mental Health Project provides free legal assistance and social work services to low-income people with psychiatric disabilities in New York City. Call this number for help: 1-877-MHP-LAW1 or 1-877-647-5291. We can help with:
DISCHARGE PLANNING FROM PSYCHIATRIC UNITS
We help to enforce hospital discharge planning laws by ensuring that patients who are being discharged from psychiatric units receive help applying for benefits, finding housing, and arranging aftercare services.
DISCHARGE PLANNING FROM NYC JAILS
We help to enforce the Brad H. settlement, which requires the City to assist consumers in applying for benefits and housing, arrange ongoing treatment, and provide medications and prescriptions upon discharge from NYC jails.
We provide representation before the Social Security Administration and in federal court in appealing denials, suspensions, reductions, terminations of benefits and overpayment claims. PLEASE NOTE: our intake for new Social Security cases will be closed 7/1/13 through 9/3/13.
UTILITY TURN-OFF/EVICTION PREVENTION
We help prevent utility turn-offs and eviction. We provide assistance with grant applications for rent and utility arrears, as well as representation in housing court.
To contact us, CALL TOLL-FREE: 1-877-MHPLAW1 (877-647-5291). We provide assistance in English and Spanish. We will return your call as soon as possible. We are not able to help everyone who contacts us. However, if we are unable to represent you, we will give you information and referrals.