Thousands of people who have emotional pain suffer in silence because they do not receive mental health treatment.
In July 2004, Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross founded the Black Psychiatrists of Greater New York & Associates in New York State. BPGNY was created to increase access for mental health treatment for people of African descent.
The founding members of BPGNY included a committed and talented group of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and educators. BPGNY addressed the professional and societal barriers, like racism and discrimination, faced by black mental health professionals. BPGNY established itself as a powerful organization dedicated to increasing access to mental health care for underserved populations.