What We Do Here

Heights Hill Mental Health Service, LGBT Affirmative Program
Ronald E. Hellman, M.D., Director

Rainbow Heights group The Heights-Hill Clinic and Wellness & Recovery Center, located in downtown Brooklyn, is an outpatient program of South Beach Psychiatric Center. A broad range of high quality psychiatric services specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with a major mental illness are provided.

Some of the services include psychiatric and psychological assessment; medication monitoring and counseling; individual, family, and group psychotherapy; multi-family psycho educational groups; and rehabilitation counseling.

Our staff consists of multi-cultural, licensed mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, community mental health nurses, and rehabilitation counselors.

A strong consumer network encourages clients’ active participation in their treatment and recovery. We support Self-Help groups and activities, which contribute significantly to the vitality of our therapeutic community.

The LGBT Affirmative Program is a component of Heights-Hill’s multicultural services and is independent from Rainbow Heights Club. It is designed for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals with major mental illness. Treatment is directed by a team of licensed professionals sensitive to the concerns of this varied clientele. Interventions are geared to help address the stigma associated with homosexuality, transgender identity, and mental illness, and to foster a deeper sense of heritage and community. Individual, group, psycho educational, and socialization components are utilized.

The Heights-Hill Clinic and Wellness & Recovery Center believes that effective treatment must go beyond traditional psychotherapy approaches by providing services that are relevant to a culturally diverse population. The LGBT Program is a unique and essential service that can help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals with major mental illness bridge the social and cultural gap that they commonly experience in the traditional mental health care setting.

Rainbow Heights Club, which is separate and independent from Heights Hill’s LGBT Affirmative Program, is an important part of the continuum of LGBT services it offers. Rainbow Heights functions as a support and advocacy program that provides a full range of adjunctive services.

Susanne Shulman, Ph.D., Jean Okie, Ph.D. or Lori Gralnick, C.S.W. at; (718)-875-1420

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