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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

But at ICL every month is mental health awareness month.  And we recognize and respond to the continued struggles of people living with mental health challenges every day of the year through the efforts of our 1250 dedicated staff members.


Keeping Families Together

This month we celebrated Mother’s Day. The holiday is especially significant for parents like M, who experiences serious mental health challenges and was forced to spend years apart from her daughter when they were separated by the child welfare system.

As a result of M’s efforts to work through past traumas, her commitment to her daughter, and the support they both receive at ICL’s Emerson-Davis residence, they were reunified. Now they spend Mother’s Day—and every day—together.

Emerson houses 38 apartments and provides a range of on-site services tailored to each family’s needs, including case management, counseling, parenting skills training, employment services, and childcare. In AM New York, ICL CEO Jody Rudin calls on New York City to invest in programs like Emerson to support families’ stability and reunification, regardless of their mental health status.

On Mother’s Day, Sharon Sorrentino, ICL’s VP of Child, Family, and Young Adult Services, appeared on NY1 to speak about families experiencing mental and behavioral health challenges. Her message was simple: “Meeting families’ needs and keeping them together leads to better outcomes for years to come.”


ICL Team Recognized for Health Leadership

We are proud of our compassionate team members who are dedicated to delivering quality whole-health care.

Our Chief Operating Officer Twiggy Rodriguez was named as one of Crain's New York Business Notable 2023 Leaders in Health Care. She was selected because of her role in expanding substance use disorder treatment and supportive housing programs at ICL, as well as her DEI leadership.

Dr. Edward Tabasky, Medical Director at our East New York Health Hub, was recognized by United Hospital Fund for improving quality of care, patient safety, and patient experience. His work at the Hub supports people on their journey to getting better.


2023 Spring Gala

At our annual Spring Gala, we shared this video featuring Yumedys, a resident of one of

our supportive housing programs, whose perseverance helped her get better with us.

We were proud to celebrate ICL staff, partners, supporters, and sponsors for their commitment to ensuring all New Yorkers have the opportunity to achieve health and wellbeing. Thank you to everyone who joined us at the event!

You can still support New Yorkers like Yumedys and ICL’s whole health approach to help children, families, and adults improve their health and live fulfilling lives.


ICL in the News

ICL’s impact and expertise continue to be highlighted in major media outlets:

They’ve Spent Years on the Streets. Can Anyone Coax Them Inside?

The New York Times,  5/3/2023

The System That Failed Jordan Neely

The New Yorker, 5/10/2023

ASKED & ANSWERED; JODY RUDIN, Institute for Community Living 

Crain's New York Business4/13/2023


Institute for Community Living 

ICL helps New Yorkers of all backgrounds and ages living with serious mental illness, substance use disorder, and developmental disabilities achieve greater health and independence.

Your gift will immediately help those with the greatest need. Please take a moment to help people get better with us. To discuss your gift or learn more about your giving options, please email Development@iclinc.net or call 212-385-3030, x 10004.  

Call 844-ICL-HOPE (844-425-4673) to connect to resources.

Visit iclinc.org to learn more about ICL programs and services.


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New York, New York 10004

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