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Mental Hygiene Legal Service


Overview

The Mental Hygiene Legal Service (MHLS) provides legal services, advice and assistance to persons receiving care or alleged to be in need of care at inpatient and community-based facilities for the mentally disabled.

Created in 1964 and organized under Mental Hygiene Law Article 47, MHLS represents such persons in judicial and administrative proceedings concerning admission, retention, transfer, treatment and guardianship. In addition to handling judicial proceedings, MHLS provides advice and representation regarding standards of care and other matters affecting the civil liberties of persons receiving care at facilities for the mentally disabled. MHLS can be assigned as counsel or court evaluator in Mental Hygiene Law Article 81 guardianship proceedings for persons in any type of facility or in the community (link to Counsel to Children Webpage--Guardianship section tbd). Finally, Article 10 of the Mental Hygiene Law institutionalizes MHLS as counsel of choice in all sex offender civil management cases.

MHLS for the First Judicial Department covers New York County and Bronx County and maintains nine field offices in the two counties in addition to its Departmental Office.

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Field Offices

New York County (Manhattan)

BELLEVUE HOSPITAL CENTER
27th Street & 1st Avenue
Room 19E1
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 562-4961
Fax: (212) 779-9381

HARLEM HOSPITAL CENTER
506 Lenox Avenue
Women's Pavilion, Room 527
New York, NY
Phone: (212) 939-3045 or (646) 672-6180

ISSUES CONCERNING THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED
25 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 627-0090
Fax: (212) 645-0753

KIRBY FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIC CENTER
600 East 125th Street
Ward's Island, New York 10035
Phone: (646) 672-6880
Fax: (646) 672-6954

MANHATTAN PSYCHIATRIC CENTER (MPC)
Meyer 10A, Room 62
600 East 125th Street
Ward's Island, NY 10035
Phone: (646) 672-6180
Fax: (646) 672-6658

METROPOLITAN HOSPITAL CENTER (METROPOLITAN)
1901 First Avenue, Room 5M31
New York, NY 10029
Phone: (212) 423-6077
Fax: (212) 876-1382

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ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF HOSPITALS COVERED BY MHLS NY COUNTY FIELD OFFICES

 

August Eichorn- MPC
Beth Israel Medical Center- Bellevue
Columbia Presbyterian- Metropolitan
Gracie Square Hospital- Metropolitan
Lenox Hill Hospital- Metropolitan
Manhattan V.A. Hospital- Bellevue
Mt. Sinai- Metropolitan
New York State Psychiatric Institute- MPC
New York University (Tisch Hospital)- Bellevue
Paye Whitney Clinic/New York Presbyterian Hospital- Kirby
Roosevelt Hospital- MPC
St. Luke's Hospital- MPC
Terence Cardinal Cooke (Specialty Hospital)- 75 Morton

Bronx County

BRONX PSYCHIATRIC CENTER (BPC)
Thompson Building, 7th Floor
1500 Waters Place
Bronx, NY 10461
Phone: (718) 862-5140
Fax: (718) 792-3154

JACOBI HOSPITAL
Jacobi Medical Center, Bldg. 1
8th Floor, Room 8E21
Pelham Parkway South & Eastchester Road
Bronx, NY 10461
Phone: (718) 918-6742
Fax: (718) 918-6698

NORTH CENTRAL BRONX HOSPITAL
3424 Kossuth Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467
Phone: (718) 862-5140 or (718) 862-5140
Fax: (718) 519-2397

 

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ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF HOSPITALS COVERED BY MHLS BRONX COUNTY FIELD OFFICES

 

Bronx Children's Psych. Center- BPC
Bronx Developmental Center- BPC
Bronx Lebanon- BPC
Bronx V.A. Hospital Kingsbridge- Jacobi
Lincoln Hospital- BPC
Montefiore- BPC
Montefiore North- BPC
Rikers Island- BPC
St. Barnabas- BPC

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Other MHLS Departmental Offices

 

MHLS, SECOND JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT:
170 Old Country Road
Mineola, New York 11501
Lesley Delia, Director
Phone: (516) 746-4545
Fax: (646) 963-6640

Counties Covered: Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Westchester

MHLS, THIRD JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT:
286 Washington Ave. Ext., Suite 205
Albany, New York 12203
Sheila E. Shea, Director
Phone: (518) 451-8710
Fax: (518) 453-6915

Counties Covered: Albany, Broome, Chemung, Chenengo, Chuyler, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Madison, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schnectady, Schoharie, St. Lawrence, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren, Washington

MHLS, FOURTH JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT:
Administration Offices
50 East Avenue- Suite 402
Rochester, New York 14604
Emmett Creahan, Director
Phone: (585) 530-3050
Fax: (585) 530-3079

Counties Covered: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates

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Departmental Office

41 Madison Avenue, 26 th Floor
New York, NY 10010

Phone: 646-386-5891
Fax: 212-779-7899

Director
Marvin Bernstein

Deputy Director
Stephen Harkavy