Staten Island PPS


Behavioral Health Programs

Since the late 2010s, Staten Island has been at the center of the opioid epidemic in New York City. Overdose death rates continue to climb on Staten Island, especially those including fentanyl. Already high rates of suicide, anxiety, depression, substance use, and mental health issues among children are only increasing.

In an effort to address these problems, Staten Island PPS partners with both hospitals, behavioral health organizations, and law enforcement agencies to reduce overdose deaths, reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, promote harm reduction, and increase retention in treatment and recovery services.

Primary Care Programs

Staten Island is a community of health disparities. Rates of cancer, diabetes, hypertension, COVID-19, depression, and maternal mortality are among the highest of the five boroughs in New York City.

We partner with both hospitals, managed care organizations, FQHCs, and adult and pediatric medical practices to implement initiatives to improve outcomes and reduce unnecessary hospitalizations for high-risk individuals living with chronic conditions.

We are committed to improving whole-person care for vulnerable community members and addressing health inequities by strengthening our clinical-community partnerships.

Health Related Social Needs & Health Equity Programs

Health Related Social Needs (HRSN) are the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. HRSN also contribute to wide health disparities and inequities, raising the risk of chronic health conditions.

Staten Island PPS is partnered with community-based organizations including faith-based agencies to engage people in their neighborhoods around various public health topics. Many community health initiatives and programs focus on health related social needs, special populations, and health equity. All programs are designed with input and participation from community agencies and their members, with an underlying focus on health equity. 

Veteran and Active Duty Service Member Programs

Of the 5 boroughs of New York City, Staten Island has the highest per capita concentration of veterans, and Sector New York is the largest Coast Guard operational field command on the East Coast. Sector New York is located at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island with 1,000 active duty and reserve service members. The Army Reserve 353 Civil Service Command, also located at Fort Wadsworth, organizes, trains, and equips soldiers to mobilize, deploy and conduct civil military operations with a primary focus in the U.S. Africa and U.S. European Command regions.

Although many veterans and active-duty military service members live on Staten Island, the civilian and veteran and military communities and services are not well integrated and aware of each other. Among the veteran population, many health disparities exist, especially related to accessing behavioral health services. Veterans have high rates of serious mental illness, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicide.