The Department of Social Work Services offers a number of specialized programs throughout the Mount Sinai Hospital for patients and their families or caregivers. To find out more about these programs, contact us at (212) 241-6800.
Breast Health Resource Program
Mount Sinai's Breast Health Resource Program (BHRP) provides much-needed support to women and men with breast cancer and their families. BHRP provides services in English and Spanish and includes individual, couples, and group counseling by social workers and trained volunteers. Program activities include:
- Stress reduction and relaxation techniques
- Educational seminars
- Resource referral and management
- Community outreach programs
The program is 100 percent supported by philanthropic fund-raising. All services are provided free of charge.
Caregivers and Professionals Partnership
Mount Sinai Hospital established the Caregivers and Professionals Partnership (CAPP) to support those attending relatives, friends, and neighbors who are ill or disabled. CAPP social workers provide patients and families with information and referral to community services and programs and assist caregivers with advocacy issues.
The program provides:
- Individual counseling and support services
- Educational workshops on a range of caregiving topics
- Support groups for adult children of a parent with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia
CAPP services are free, although we welcome voluntary contributions. The program receives principal funding through the New York City Department for the Aging.
Elder Abuse Program
The Elder Abuse Program at Mount Sinai Hospital offers support and assistance to elderly clients who are victims of physical, psychological, or financial abuse or neglect. The coordinating social worker helps victims and their families by:
- Investigating the claim of abuse or neglect
- Providing information and referrals for victims' counseling or support groups
- Assisting with compensation claims
- Maintaining follow-up with victims and their family members
- Developing strategies to prevent further mistreatment
- Offering information to family members or other caregivers on where to go for stress management counseling
The Elder Abuse program receives funding through the New York State Crime Victims Board, which also provides financial compensation to abuse victims. Elder abuse services are open to Mount Sinai patients age 60 or older and to their family and caregivers.
Parents Sharing Program
Parents Sharing assesses the needs of the families of babies in Mount Sinai's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and provides them with support. The program includes a wide variety of specialized support activities:
- A quarterly newsletter that includes relevant medical information about babies as well as inspirational pieces and serves as a forum for announcements, activities, and resources for the NICU community
- The weekly NICU Parents Evening Support Group allows parents a safe and supportive environment to discuss their experiences
- Parents Sharing Buddy Program, which connects graduate parents with current NICU families for support
- Bedside Reading Program designed to facilitate the bonding process between parents and their newborns
Additionally, Parents Sharing offers support activities for the newborn's brothers and sisters. Social workers and RNs have organized “Sibling Saturdays” and “Sibling Sundays,” which incorporate activity-based teaching tools to introduce siblings to the NICU experience. Children receive gift bags to help them celebrate their role as a big brother or sister. The Parents Sharing Program receives funding in part from the UJA-Federation of New York.
Resource Entitlement and Advocacy Program
The Resource Entitlement and Advocacy Program (REAP), founded in 1989 with a grant from the Auxiliary Board of Mount Sinai Hospital, provides a centralized source of information and assistance regarding application and advocacy for such issues as:
- Government entitlements
- Public health insurance programs (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and Family Health Plus)
- Other specialized programs, including Social Security Retirement and Disability, Supplemental
- Security Income (SSI), Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Program (EPIC), and Senior Citizens Rent Increase Exemption Program (SCRIE)
- Home care services
The REAP program also determines the sliding scale fee rate for outpatients who do not meet eligibility standards for receiving public health benefits. A Charity Care program is available to ensure that members of our community with limited or no health insurance have access to high-quality health care services.
For those patients who are uninsured and who are eligible, the REAP office and the Medicaid office at Mount Sinai are available to help you obtain appropriate medical coverage. Contact your social worker to discuss your specific insurance needs. REAP professionals meet with patients by appointment only.
Mount Sinai offers Woman-to-Woman, a peer support program for women with gynecologic cancer. In this program, volunteer survivors provide one-on-one emotional support and mentoring to women undergoing treatment for gynecologic cancer as well as to their partners.
Volunteers undergo rigorous screening and extensive training. At the completion of this process, the program coordinator/social worker matches volunteers with women in the same demographic area who are undergoing treatment and serves as a liaison between volunteer and patient. The first meeting usually takes place shortly after diagnosis. The Woman-to-Woman program receives funding through the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.