Mental Health Clinic

CAPE is an Outpatient Mental Health Clinic that offers individual, group and family therapy, psychiatric evaluations and medication monitoring for both clinic and homebound older adults.

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
Rosemary Cabanillas, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Colleen Dillon, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Leora Ellison, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker

Ruth Finklestein, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker
Florence Gross, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Shelley Hoffman, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Yuanyuan Hu, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Enid Miller, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Sybil Nurse-Reeves, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Isabella Rossi, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Allison Thomas, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker

Beth Tipperman, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Ben Weinstock, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker
Guowei Yan, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker

Shirley Fisher
Claudia Hillie
Anita Swerdin

Karen Buckner
Yusmely Calles

Norma Calero


CAPE is an Article 31, New York State Certified outpatient mental health clinic, providing high quality mental health services since 1978.

CAPE’s services include individual, marital and family therapy at the clinic at Commonpoint Queens Sam Field Center as well as at Central Queens. In addition, through DFTA, we recently opened satellite clinics within senior centers providing services on site. Our team includes experienced LCSWs, a Psychiatrist, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and an RN. CAPE’s Peer Advocates offers telephone reassurance, information and referral, and assistance to CAPE consumers and community residents.

We provide all of our services to people who are homebound due to physical or psychiatric illnesses which impacts their mobility.

CAPE has partnered with Northwell Hospital and offers free comprehensive cognitive assessments to seniors.  A geriatrician assesses each patient by doing a cognitive exam, exploring polypharmacy and general functioning. The patient and family are then linked to appropriate community resources. 

CAPE accepts most insurances including Medicare and Medicaid. There is a sliding scale for those who are unable to afford their co-pay or do not have insurance. We are unique in the services we provide, the quality of those services and the access to care for our constituents. Services are currently provided in English, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, German and Hebrew.  

CAPE services are offered at:

  • CAPE Mental Health Center (Little Neck – English)
  • HANAC Harmony ISC (Astoria – Spanish/English/Italian)
  • Peter Cardella Senior Citizens Center (Ridgewood – English/Italian)
  • Queens Community House: Rego Park Senior Center (Rego Park – Mandarin/English)
  • Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center (Bayside – English)
  • Self Help Innovative Senior Center (Flushing – Mandarin/English)
  • Sunnyside Community Services (Sunnyside – Spanish/English)
  • Theodora G. Jackson Adult Center (Jamaica – Spanish/Mandarin/English)
  • Pomonok Senior Center (Flushing – Mandarin/English)
  • Rochdale Village Senior Center (Rochdale)
  • SNAP of Eastern Queens Innovative Senior Center (Queens Village)

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.

CAPE Managing Anxiety

Community Mental Health Services

Oasis at Commonpoint

Together with Northwell Health, Commonpoint Queens is proud to introduce to you a partnership program called “OASIS at Commonpoint Queens”, a one-time scheduled appointment that offers older adults, and their caregivers, a comprehensive cognitive and medical assessment. The practitioners providing the assessments are specialized in geriatric care and are trained to recognize geriatric syndromes, such as dementia, which can be easily overlooked or misunderstood in other clinical settings.

The OASIS assessment strategy is to connect patients to the services needed in order to maximize independence, days at home, and quality of life. OASIS is unique because it addresses the “whole person” in order to connect the patient and family with appropriate resources for their individual needs.

WHEN: Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. by appointment
WHERE: CAPE 59-28 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, NY
CONTACT: Vincent Bavaro, RN (718) 224-0566

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