Today’s Brightpoint Health was born in 1990, when it became clear that the needs of people struggling both with HIV/AIDS and substance abuse were not being met. In response, two organizations joined forces to form HELP/PSI.
As AIDS became a treatable condition, Brightpoint was able to replicate its innovate coordinated care model and expand its programs to provide comprehensive, integrated health and wellness services throughout New York City. Brightpoint continued to focus on lower income communities where people are challenged by health care disparities and lack of access to quality care.
Brightpoint Health now provides community-responsive primary and behavioral care and support services to thousands of New Yorkers in all five boroughs.
1990: HELP/PSI opens a residential facility in the Bronx, the first modified theraputic community for AIDS patients who were also struggling with substance abuse.
1994–1996: Case management programs established in the Bronx and Queens.
1997–2003: Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) centers open in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, providing health and recovery services to people living with HIV.
2007: Primary Care Centers open in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens.
2009: Paul Vitale joins HELP/PSI as President and Chief Executive Officer.
2010: Dental Center opens in
the Bronx to serve a population suffering from huge disparities in dental care.
2011: Primary Care Center opens
at CitiWide Harm Reduction Center, now BOOM!Health.
2012: Primary Care Centers are designated Federally Qualified Health Centers and awarded Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
Behavioral Health Center opens in the Bronx.
The Bronx Collaborative, now THRIVEbx, begins community-based LGBTQ services
Our Case Management programs in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens are converted to Health Homes, a key innovation of the Affordable Care Act.
2014: Health Home opens in Manhattan.
The Alpha School in Brooklyn joins HELP/PSI
2015: HELP/PSI becomes Brightpoint Health
Affiliation with Community Health Action
of Staten Island (CHASI) expands services and care to all five boroughs of NYC.
Additional Behavioral Health centers open in the Bronx and Brooklyn.
2016: New Health Centers open at Westchester Square in the Bronx, Church Avenue in Brooklyn, and in St. George, Staten Island
2017: The Hub Family Health Center opens at the Hub in the South Bronx