Program & Services
Baltic Street AEH, Inc. provides services in a partnership between individuals diagnosed with mental illness and peers that have dedicated themselves to empowering and helping individuals accomplish their particular recovery goals. Through our comprehensive self-help and advocacy, bridger, housing, and employment services, our mission is to be part of “the wellness team.” We work to help the recipient develop a community life: an apartment, a job, a support system, a skill, an education or other tasks the individual has identified as their goals toward a satisfactory life.
Baltic Street A.E.H., Inc.
9201 4th Avenue., 5th Floor
Brooklyn, NY, 11209
Eligibility: Services are for adults 18 years or older and are free of charge.
Advocacy & Self-Help Programs
We believe that support and information are an important part of recovery and to be heard starts that healing and empowerment process. At our six programs in distinct boroughs of New York City, peer advocates work in partnership with recipients dealing with issues of mental illness, chemical addictions, homelessness, and low incomes. They address financial and housing survival, assistance with entitlements: Social Security, Social Security appeals, Medicaid, public assistance and food stamp applications, employment needs and educational counseling assistance. Using these peer-to-peer partnerships, individually and in classes, we facilitate Double Trouble in Recovery (DTR) and Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA) presentations and meetings for people with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse issues. There are also many workshops and meetings on recovery and mind/body wellness. We have a multicultural staff but as needed we will get you a translator.
The Bridger Programs are peer-run self-help programs that give advocacy, information, and hands-on assistance to mental health recipients as they move from the hospital into the community. Bridger staff offers help in self-empowerment and opportunities for peer companionship. We give individual meetings and workshops on the dialogues of hope, recovery and friendship, patients’ rights information, help with family supports, and housing needs. Often help with obtaining documents: identification cards; birth certificates; social security cards, legal and immigration referrals, information and resources on SSI, SSD, Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, reduced fare Metro Cards is crucial to moving to the community. Housing Specialists also provide assistance and referrals to learn to travel, to attend school, to learn a trade or to get a job. We work as a team to be that special bridge that helps our recipients go back to living in the community and develop adequate community connections. We pride ourselves in teaching how to get answers and resources.
Our unique staff teams of peers and other mental health workers have the dual impact of expertise, mentoring and modeling that give the extra “can do” to “choose — get — keep” work. We emphasize the need for mental health recipients to recognize it is their choice and responsibility to explore options, make informed decisions, act on those decisions and utilize available resources and supports. Individuals discover what job or career is really right for them, and we assist in finding and landing that job and helping them to succeed with our follow-along services. The classes and experiences model confidence, and teach job readiness, resume writing, job search skills, “Maintaining My Wellness”, “WRAP-for-Work”, mock job interviews, work site visits and phone contact as requested. Employment specialists work with you whether you are employed, unemployed, in a job you hate, or in a job you love but want to do better. We are dedicated to reversing the statistic that says those diagnosed with mental illness are greatly underemployed.
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The most important request from recipients is housing: a place of one’s own, a roof over one’s head, a safe place. Our supported housing program staff diligently make sure to be at full capacity year-round with 87 apartments and 88 tenants. The essential Housing Program goal is to help tenants lead successful lives within the community. The housing specialist works with a group of tenants to help each tenant develop his or her own housing goals. Together, the housing specialist and the tenant create a safe and satisfying home life with monthly apartment visits, office visits, and classes on apartment living, money management, healthy eating, community awareness and social connections and apartment maintenance. Job search and readiness tools also enhance the experience of living in the community. Our specialists stay connected to community resources, take care of crises, and work with landlords to maintain and improve the quality of the apartments. Both homeWORKS programs are currently at 100% occupancy. Waiting lists exist for prospective residents.