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Popular Disability-specializing Psychiatrist Coming to NYSHA Article 16 Clinic

Popular Disability-specializing Psychiatrist Coming to NYSHA Article 16 Clinic

Veteran Professional Dr. Richard Mayer to Reinforce Center’s Leadership

Nov. 1, '14
By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

Hamaspik is there not just to serve its own constituency but to service the entire community.

That truism is realized every day across all of Hamaspik’s dozens of services and supports across greater New York City and the Hudson Valley.  And now, it’s just undergone yet another major breakthrough. 

Dr. Richard Mayer, a veteran New York psychiatrist with 21 years of specializing in youth and adolescents, has begun offering his expertise to the greater community through the New York State Hamaspik Association (NYSHA)’s Article 16 Clinic.

Dr. Mayer came highly recommended by Hamaspik of Kings County’s Medicaid Service Coordinators (MSCs), many of whom use him for the individuals on their caseloads, says NYSHA Clinic Director Joel Brecher.

What’s more, the news of Dr. Mayer’s arrival at, and availability through, NYSHA spread quickly through the disability services community in Brooklyn and beyond, Brecher reports—several requests from another worthy community agency arrived within two days of the initial announcement.

More have poured in since.

A key part of his disability experience is Dr. Mayer’s years of work with the Young Adult Institute (YAI), a large special-needs services provider, through which many Hamaspik and other agency beneficiaries regularly saw the knowledgeable psychiatrist.

Mr. Brecher is aiming to increase Dr. Mayer’s availability to the community via the NYSHA Clinic to several times a month—for a full day of consecutive appointments each.

“It’s a great service, and we’re happy to provide it,” says Brecher, adding: “There’s a big need for it in Williamsburg.”

Headquartered in Williamsburg, the Article 16 Clinic—so named for the section of state law that allows for its creation—exclusively cares for individuals with intellectual disabilities with a variety of rehabilitative services, including physical and occupational therapy. 

Through its main office in Williamsburg and a satellite-branch location in upstate Kiryas Joel, the Clinic has served hundreds of individuals with disabilities since its opening in January 2011.