Services for the Deaf Community

The Jewish Board’s mission is to help individuals realize their potential and live as independently as possible. We are committed to helping Deaf and Hard of Hearing people who have mental health challenges lead fulfilling and productive lives.

Care Management

Helping Deaf adults get and use the medical and community services they need to stay healthy ASL-fluent staff members help our clients access community, psychiatric, and medical services.

ASL-fluent staff members help our clients access community, psychiatric, and medical services.

  • If you have a chronic disease or mental illness, a Care Coordinator will help you come up with a plan to get and stay healthy
  • Our services include helping you make and keep appointments, and helping you stick to a medication schedule
  • Just as important, we make sure that specialists and your primary care doctor share information with each other

GETTING REFERRED

Clients qualify for Care Management if they have a mental health diagnosis or the presence of more than one chronic health condition. You’ll need to have active Medicaid and
get a referral from another treatment provider.

Inquiries about Care Management services can be made via phone at 212.582.1995 or email at JBSPOA@jbfcs.org.

An ASL-fluent staff member provides office-based, walk-in information and referral services for the Deaf community at-large, on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, between 10-3pm, at 195 Montague Street, 8th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Housing

The only supportive housing program for Deaf people in the New York area.

The Jewish Board operates apartments that are designed to give Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind residents with mental illness the opportunity to live independently.

These apartments are located in a complex called Tanya Towers on East 13th Street in Manhattan. Additional apartments are located on the Lower East Side.

  • All apartments are fully accessible and barrier-free, with features such as videophones, and flashing-strobe lights for doorbells, smoke, and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Tanya Towers residents are linked to community-based service providers, including psychiatrists, clinicians, and day treatment staff
  • Our staff members, who are fluent in American Sign Language, can help connect you to local community resources and show you how to use these services. This includes linkage to Access-VR, mental health treatment, physical health care providers and other necessary community supports
  • Residents can receive individual counseling during home and office visits
  • Community meetings and groups, such as a Wellness Group, help you form positive relationships and receive support in your home environment
  • Social skills and daily living skills – such as money management, medication management, and how to use public transportation – are taught to help Tanya Towers residents learn to become more independent

GETTING REFERRED

If you are interested in our housing program, potential residents must obtain and submit a completed HRA 2010e housing application.

Applications are typically completed and submitted by clients’ treatment providers, schools for the Deaf, homeless services or other housing providers.

For general questions, clients can call Tanya Towers using phone-based interpreting services at 646-350-2880.

Employment Services

Interested in finding a job? We can help.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing people have many skills and abilities that employers want—but finding a job can be challenging. We help you overcome obstacles and meet your employment goals.

We help with skills-building and job searches, and we also provide individual placement support into competitive employment.

GETTING REFERRED

Clients can be referred by other programs they participate in. However, self-referred clients can get in touch directly by calling our ONE CALL hotline at 1-844-ONE CALL, using phonebased interpreting services.

Counseling

Providing mental health and rehabilitation services to the Deaf community.

In the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, there is a welcoming space where Deaf and Hard of Hearing people are empowered to address their mental health challenges, build on their strengths, gain control over their lives—and achieve their goals.

This program, called Brooklyn Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS) Possibilities, provides group services, with individual services also available.

  • ASL interpreters attend counseling sessions for our Deaf and hard-of-hearing clients or sessions are conducted in ASL
  • We provide psychiatric services
  • Smoking cessation, substance abuse services, and relapse prevention are some of the rehabilitative services we off er
  • Our goal is to help you build skills and enhance your quality of living, such as improving the relationships you have with friends, family, and coworkers

GETTING REFERRED

Clients can be referred by other programs they participate in. However, self-referred clients can get in touch directly by calling our ONE CALL hotline at 1-844-ONE CALL, using phonebased interpreting services.