Transitional Services for NY: Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness

One in every four individuals in the United States suffers or exhibits symptoms of severe mental illness.

Transitional Services for New York Inc (TSINY), a non profit mental health agency, is working diligently to support New Yorkers with mental disabilities.

Assemblyman Ed Braunstein speaking at the event. Larry Grubler to his left.

Founded in 1975, TSINY was established to serve as an alternative service to long term hospital placement. TSINY, led by CEO Dr. Larry S. Grubler, has been at the forefront at providing integral mental health services to those who need it.

“One major goal of TSI is to break the stigma of mental illness, one person at a time,” said Grubler.

Medical breakthroughs – improved diagnostic techniques, targeted medications and treatment programs – have greatly expanded the horizons of individuals with mental illnesses. TSINY has shown that with proper care and encouragement, most individuals served by this program can lead fulfilling lives.

Ave McCracken

Thanks to the hard work of Grubler and Director of Development, Ave McCracken, TSINY has expanded into what is now a multi-faceted mental health corporation.

“Our residential programs and outpatient services  aim to boost personal motivation, strengthen work skills and encourage participation in community activities,” said McCracken.

Although many of Transitional Services’ recipients need continued medical aid and behavioral therapy, this does not inhibit them from living independently, having a job, or keeping familial responsibilities.

As a testament to its success within the community, TSINY currently provides housing, counseling, case management and vocational training to over 4,000 individuals with each year.

On May 10th, TSINY held its annual Spring Luncheon Hoedown at Leonard’s Palazzo of Great Neck to raise funds for the many programs and supplies utilized by the organization.

As the event took on a Western theme, guests donned cowboy hats and red bandanas as they participated in a Chinese Auction. Prize donations were generously donated by sponsors like American Beauty Bistro, CARLISLE Collection, Dime Community Bank, Douglas Elliman Real Estate and many others.

Ed Braunstein with QPTV

Queens Public Television (QPTV), led by CEO, Daniel Leone, and Community Development Director, Roslyn Nieves, was covering the event in full force.

“TSI is doing a tremendous job of utilizing their recovery based approach to mental health, and support ing individuals on their personal journey of recovery,” said Assemblyman Ed Braunstein at the commencement of the event.

Archie is one of the people who benefits from the extensive programs at TSINY. In 2007 Archie was incarcerated and later diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder bipolar type. Over the years he moved from different psychiatric centers and held down various small jobs. In 2012, with the help of TSINY, he finished a career course and became a desk clerk. He continues to work at a local bookstore and relays that his success is because of his involvement with TSINY.

Archie, who now serves as an ambassador for the organization, has proven that people with mental disabilities are more than capable of achieving their goals.

Susan Agin of the Queensborough Performing Arts Center commended TSINY by saying “The reason why I support Transitional Services for NY is simple. Physical illness is considered normal, and once someone recovers from a physical illness, we tend to forget about the incident and just move on.  But what about the person who suffers from mental illness?  They often suffer in silence, and in some cases never get the care they need.  The mentally ill are not always seen as “treatable.” That said, Transitional Services for NY is changing the stigma on mental illness. From their vocational services, to affordable housing, their goals are clear and effective: talk openly about mental health, educate the public, show compassion for those with mental illness, and perhaps their most important mission, to help their clients choose empowerment over shame.”

TSINY will be holding their next fundraising event on June 20th from 6pm-9pm at Turn The Page…Again! at 39-15 Bell Boulevard across the street from Bourbon Street where the cocktail party will take place.

Their “Kickoff to Summer” cocktail party and networking night will be an opportunity to mingle and enjoy the sunset for a good cause.

For more information or to reserve your spot call 718-746-6647 ext. 7011

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