Frequently Asked Questions

What services does MHANC provide?

MHANC concentrates on rehabilitation and recovery services in the community.  We provide a broad array of services including:

  • housing with supports
  • employment
  • social and recreational activities
  • case management
  • education
  • financial management
  • crisis respite for children

Where is MHANC located?

Our main office is located at 16 Main St. in Hempstead, within walking distance of the main bus terminal and the LIRR train station in Hempstead.  Group residences are located in East Meadow, Westbury, Bethpage, Plandome and Glen Cove.  Apartments are scattered throughout the county.  MHANC services are open to all residents of Nassau County.  Training and education events are generally open to all, at low or no charge.

What makes MHANC unique?

Advocacy is at the heart of MHANC. We not only provide direct services but also expend significant time and resources attempting to make society more accepting and equitable for people with disabilities.  To this end, MHANC often coordinates advocacy for the mental health community on Long Island.

Another distinction is our firm commitment to recovery from mental illnesses. Too often, a diagnosis of a mental illness is greeted with despair and discouragement.  Research has confirmed that with proper treatment and adequate supports, the majority of people with a psychiatric disability can recover–that is, live a productive and satisfying life in the community. We know this is reality.  Through Consumer Link–the self-help and empowerment program in Nassau County–and our other programs, MHANC employs over 40 individuals with psychiatric diagnoses who contribute significantly to our success.

Is Mental Health Association part of Nassau County government?

No, MHANC is an independent, not-for-profit organization governed by a voluntary Board of Directors composed of community leaders who commit their time and resources to improving mental health in Nassau County.  MHANC does receive funding from Nassau County and New York State through contracts to deliver specific services, but the agency is not part of county government.

Is Mental Health Association of Nassau County part of a national organization?

Yes, MHANC is a member of the National Mental Health America, whose headquarters are in Washington, D.C. In this way, our voice is joined with hundreds of other affiliations across the country in the fight for equitable treatment for people with psychiatric needs.  Mental Health America’s website can be accessed by clicking here.

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Nearly 1 in 5 adults, more than 18%, in the U.S. experience mental illness in a given year.

5-6% of American adults have a serious mental illness; about 2% have disorders that are long-term and disabling, contributing to very high rates of unemployment and poor living conditions.

More than 450 million people around the world live with mental illnesses.

20-25% of Americans have a diagnosable mental and/or substance use disorder in any given year: 6.8 million people with an addiction have a mental illness.

There were approximately 20.6 million people in the United States over the age of 12 with an addiction in 2011, excluding tobacco.

Over 3 million people in 2011 received treatment for their addiction.

The Long Island Coalition estimated that there are approximately 3,000 homeless people in Nassau County and 64 of them are living on the streets.

30-40% of homeless adults and 15-20% of people in jails and prisons in the United States have a serious mental illness. This is often accompanied by substance abuse problems in both these populations.

As many as 10% of children have a serious emotional disturbance, contributing to school failure and other serious problems.

Just over 20 percent of children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder.

It is estimated that 1 in 68 children in the US have autism.

As the number of older adults doubles over the next two decades so will the number of older adults with mental disordersThis includes 5.5 million older adults who currently have Alzheimer’s disorder or other dementia. Without advances in prevention, this will rise to 11 million older adults with dementia by 2050.

11 to 20% of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom) have been diagnosed with PTSD.

30% of soldiers develop mental problems within 3 to 4 months of being home.

Depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (aka PTSD, an anxiety disorder that follows experiencing a traumatic event) are the most common mental health problems faced by returning troops.