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Winter 2012 -Newsletter

We are pleased to announce that BATF has received its article 31 license allowing us to provide a wide array of behavioral health services. Our clinic – located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at 260 Broadway (corner of Haveymeyer) opened its doors on October 12, 2010. Clinic hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00am-5:00pm, and to accommodate those who work during the day. on Tuesday and Thursday, we are open from 11:00am-8:00pm. We accept Medicaid and provide psychiatric services in English, French, Creole and Spanish. Call 347-505-5120 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

BATF Behavioral Health Services is a licensed outpatient clinic providing comprehensive mental health services to clients who present with a wide range of behavioral health problems. The program’s objective is to improve health outcomes through symptom management/stabilization. Our program offers diagnostic services which can help prioritize our clients’ treatment needs. The intake process yields a rich description of the client’s current mental status as well as a picture of the client’s overall level of functioning across life domains. Clinicians access our clients’ collateral contacts when available to provide a historical context, and potential support system. Our emphasis is on a collaborative relationship with the client as a core value The clinical staff is comprised of licensed social workers who provide ongoing psychotherapies driven by the client’s presenting problems. The staff use evidence-based assessment and treatment tools, such as the “Seeking Safety” model articulated by Najavits (www.seekingsafety.org). Social Work staff also provide case management in order to assure communication/continuity with other systems involved in supporting the client .


We’re Moving – Sent 2/14/12

As of March 1, 2012 The Brooklyn AIDS Task Force 25 Chapel Street location is Moving!! The address is different, But the business is the same

Our New Address is: 2261 Church Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11226 (Bet. Flatbush and Bedford Ave)

Directions: Train: #2, #5, B or Q to Church Avenue Bus: B41 or B49 to Church Avenue


Announcement: New Interim Executive Director, Eugene Aronowitz.

The Board of Directors of Brooklyn AIDS Task Force is pleased to announce the appointment of Eugene Aronowitz, as Interim Executive Director,effective June 1st, 2012. Eugene (Gene) Aronowitz comes to Brooklyn AIDS Task Force (BATF) with a wealth of experience as a management consultant in community mental health over the last 20 years. This is his fourth interim management engagement. In his general consultation practice, he has produced numerous proposals, mainly for mental health licensure, has conducted agency evaluations and analytical studies and has given numerous lectures and workshops.

Previously, he served in executive, administrative and clinical positions in the voluntary sector. In the public sector, he served for 10 years as Commissioner of Community Mental Health in Westchester County, NY; 3 years as Deputy Commissioner of Social Services in Westchester; and 2 years as Deputy Director of Public Welfare in the State of Ohio. Mr. Aronowitz has a BA in Education from the University of Delaware, an MSW from New York University, and a PhD from the University of Chicago.


Fall 2012 Newsletter-Spotlight on Behavioral Health Department “Rising through the Ranks”

Fall_2012_Newsletter_60w_It is my great pleasure to share these two stories with you. These are two examples of how hard work and determination can advance your career at Brooklyn AIDS Task Force. “Rising through the Ranks…with Marsha Geddes and Florence Lee” In addition, this edition will spotlight the five programs they represented during their tenure at BATF “HASA Scatter-site Housing”, “Bridge to Recovery”-our Article 31 Mental Health Clinic, “First Steps”-our substance Abuse Clinic and the “HOPWA Housing Placement Assistance Program” .


Fall 2011 -Newsletter

One year ago, I had the pleasure of announcing that BATF had received its article 31 license allowing us to provide a wide array of behavioral health services. Our clinic – located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at 260 Broadway (corner of Haveymeyer)opened its doors on October 12, 2010. During the past year, we have had the pleasure of serving the community providing over 330 comprehensive assessments. We are developing strong linkages and creative partnerships with other service providers to better serve our community. Internally, we have received a tremendous amount of support and referrals from our Housing and Alternatives To Violence programs. Providing mental health support to the clients in those programs allowed not only our clinic to flourish but provided much needed assessments and on-going support to those programs. Helping to stabilize and their clients through assessments, psychotherapy and medication management. These services assist their clients in increasing their independent living skills. Additionally, we have provided assessments and support to clients that were referred from over 24 agencies in the community. A special thanks goes out to Wycoff Hospital and Pamojia House Shelter who have entrusted us with serving their clients.

Our Clinic hours continue to be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. We are open on Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00am-8:00pm to accommodate those who work during the day. We accept Medicaid (and most Medicaid managed care programs) and provide psychiatric services in English, French, Creole and Spanish. Call 347-505-5120 for more information or to schedule an appointment.