Community Advisory Program for the Elderly (CAPE)

59-28 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, NY 11362

718 224-0566 or 718 225-6750 ext. 250

Fax 718 224-7544

EMail: [email protected]

Debra Ilberman, LCSW, Director
Tarak Patel, MD, Medical Director
Janet Mann, LCSW, Administrative Supervisor
Jordana Davidson, LCSW, Clinical Outreach Coordinator
Christine Ganzer, PhD, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Vincent Bavaro, RN, Registered Nurse

John Bruno, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Colleen Dillon, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Ruth Finklestein, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker
Linda Grant, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Florence Gross, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Shelley Hoffman, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Yuanyuan Hu, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Nava Mermelstein, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Enid Miller, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Sybil Nurse-Reeves, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Beth Tipperman, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker

Shirley Fisher
Claudia Hillie
Anita Swerdin

Karen Buckner
Yusmely Calles

Norma Calero

The Community Advisory Program for the Elderly, known as CAPE, is an Outpatient Mental Health Clinic for persons aged 50 and over and their families. CAPE offers individual, group and family therapy, psychiatric evaluations and medication monitoring for both clinic and homebound older adults. Children of elderly parents, and family members or caregivers of persons with dementia may attend family treatment and caregiver support groups.

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.

CAPE provides onsite social work and psychiatric services at several satellite clinics throughout the borough of Queens. We have satellite clinics for adults ages 60 and above at the following locations:

  • HANAC Harmony ISC (Astoria – Spanish/English)
  • Peter Cardella Senior Citizens Center (Ridgewood – English)
  • Queens Community House: Rego Park Senior Center (Rego Park – Mandarin/English)
  • Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center (Bayside – English) – serves adults ages 50 and older
  • Self Help Innovative Senior Center (Flushing – Mandarin/English)
  • Sunnyside Community Services (Sunnyside – Spanish/English)
  • Theodora G. Jackson Adult Center (Jamaica – Spanish/Mandarin/English)

CAPE also provides telephone reassurance services to homebound or socially isolated older adults.

Transportation (daytime only), including a wheelchair accessible van is available for a small fee, for those unable to use public transportation.

Medicaid, Medicare and most other insurances are accepted. To schedule an intake or obtain further information please call 718-224-0566.

Community Mental Health Services

Oasis at Commonpoint

Every Tuesday between 2pm and 5pm a geriatrician from Northwell Health comes to the CAPE Mental Health Clinic (on the first Tuesday of the month the doctor goes to Central Queens) to do memory assessments. The person will be able to spend approximately one hour with the doctor for an assessment. The doctor will then make recommendations to the individual and the family, and will be able to assist with linking to ongoing medical services if needed. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (718) 224-0566, or e-mail [email protected] . There is no charge for this service.

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