Following the collapse of one of New York City’s nonprofit behemoths, another human-services agency has gobbled up its programs and declared itself the largest in the city.
The transfer of a portfolio of behavioral health programs will swell the Jewish Board’s budget to about $250 million, which, it says, will make it the largest human-services agency in the city.
FEGS’ former initiatives will add 850 apartments, six mental-health clinics and three day programs for mentally ill adults to the Jewish Board’s existing locations. The sites, which serve about 8,000 people, operate in all boroughs except Staten Island. Other sites in Nassau and Suffolk counties will be operated by the Jewish Board until suitable local operators are identified.
The state Office of Mental Health first approached the nonprofit in January after it determined that one organization should take over the bulk of FEGS’ programs, said David Rivel, the Jewish Board’s chief executive. The costs of the transition are substantial. OMH and the UJA-Federation of New York, a coalition of Jewish philanthropies, will cover the majority, but not all, of the expense, he said. Mr. Rivel declined to disclose the total cost. The agency has also asked the City Council and mayor’s office for support.
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