Paul J. Cooper Center for Human Services
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Paul J. Cooper Center for Human Services


Paul J. Cooper Center for Human ServicesThe Basics

Established in 1971, the Paul J. Cooper Center for Human Services offers outpatient assistance for those with chemical dependency and mental health issues, as well as residential support for developmentally disabled people in Brooklyn, New York. Originally named the Brownsville-Ocean Hill Community Mental Health Clinic, the not-for-profit center was formed by community activists to serve their neighborhood. The center was renamed in 1986 to honor the former New York City mental health director who championed their efforts.

Treatment and Staff

Clients who come to the Paul J. Cooper Center for help are first assigned a case manager who, along with an intake coordinator, determines the best plan for treatment. Programs are usually three to six months in length, but may be longer. Treatment consists of group and family therapy, with an emphasis on treating the whole person and helping them get their life on track. With this in mind, assistance may be provided for medical needs, relationships, vocational challenges or educational needs and affordable housing.

Groups of no more than 15 clients are supervised by a counselor and are not 12-step oriented. They focus on anger management, relapse prevention, behavior modification and drug and alcohol education. They are available Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Some sessions are available until 9 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, to accommodate those who work during the day.

Licensed psychiatric and nursing services are provided on site for medication management and dual diagnosis support. The center is also linked with the Paul J. Cooper Behavioral Health Clinic to facilitate services for mentally ill clients. While there is no doctor available, the social worker assigned to each case can refer clients to nearby doctors or facilities, as needed. As the program offers only outpatient support, clients needing detox or inpatient assistance are also referred elsewhere.


The center offers in-house TB testing, early HIV intervention services and acupuncture. Clients are provided public transit cards, meals, child-care services and other assistance to facilitate attendance. Vocational support groups are available to assist clients in forging new career paths.

In Summary

The Paul J. Cooper Center for Human Services offers affordable services to chemically dependent members of the Brooklyn community. The wide range of services it offers, coupled with the daily living and dual diagnosis support, are an excellent resource for those unable to afford private care. The center can also serve as a valuable support for those transitioning out of inpatient programs.

Paul J. Cooper Center
510 Gates Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

The Paul J. Cooper Center for Human Services: Insurance or sliding scale based on income. Reach the Paul J. Cooper Center for Human Services by phone at (718) 498-5555 or by email.

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