COMMUNITY ADVISORY PROGRAM FOR THE ELDERLY (CAPE)
718 225-6750 ext. 250 or 718 224-0566 Fax 718 224-7544 EMail [email protected]
Michael Upston, LCSW, Director, ext. 250
Debra Ilberman, LCSW, Assistant Director, ext. 250
Almas Nazir, MD, Medical Director, ext. 250
The Community Advisory Program for the Elderly, known as CAPE, is an outpatient Mental Health Clinic for Queens residents aged 50 and over and their families. Individual, group and family therapy, psychiatric evaluations and medication monitoring for both clinic and homebound elderly are available to help cope with psychiatric, emotional and adjustment issues.
Children of the elderly and family members of Alzheimer's patients may attend family treatment and evening support groups.
Transportation (daytime only), including a wheelchair accessible van is available for a small fee, for those unable to use public transportation. Medicaid, Medicare (partial payment) and third party payments are accepted.
CAPE now provides mental health services in three senior centers in Queens-Selfhelp's Clearview and Benjamin Rosenthal Senior Centers; and Sunnyside Community Services. A social worker and psychiatrist are available by appointment to see participants of the centers on site. CAPE has also been working with Selfhelp Community Services to provide psychiatric assessments and medication to Nazi Victims in Queens.
The Mobile Outreach Service Team (MOST) is available as part of CAPE's services. The interdisciplinary team of social worker, registered nurse and psychiatric nurse practitioner, work to identify homebound elderly, assess and evaluate their psychosocial and health needs, and link the individual and family to the appropriate community programs. Services include ongoing supportive counseling and psychotropic medication monitoring.
The MOST nurse runs a group at Club Pride of Judea in Douglaston and at the Pomonok Senior Center in Flushing. The MOST social worker runs a group at the Holocaust Center at Queensboro Community College. There is no charge to the patient for MOST's services. Medicare or third party may be billed.
CAPE and MOST clients now have the availability of three peer advocates to help them with information and referral for concrete services and telephone reassurance.
CAPE is funded in part by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as well as UJA-Federation of New York.