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.The founding and early members of BPGNY were:
|Gloria Ellis, M.D.||Martha Sullivan, D.S.W.||Ivan Quervalu, Ph.D.|
|Leroy Carmichael||Don Heacock, M.D.||Ketley Michel, M.D.|
|Lammott Cottman||Charlyn A. Hillman||Hadassah Brooks Morgan, M.D.|
|James Curtis, M.D.||Milton C. Hollar, M.D.||Hasoni Pratts|
|Dale Dudley, M.D.||Karen M. Hopkins, M.D.||Michael Pratts, M.D.|
|Millicent Dudley, M.D.||Dawne Mann Hurley||Frank Prescod|
|Richard G. Dudley, Jr., M.D.||Jesse W. Johnson, Ed.D||Henry McCurtis, M.D.|
|Susan Berg||Billy E. Jones, M.D.||Herman Schornstein, M.D.|
|James Gwynne||Robert Kurtz, M.D.||Minta Spain, M.D.|
|Bill Haley||Janis Lewis||Mashin Hassibi, M.D.|
BPGNY has used cutting edge technology and to provide quality psychiatric care to vulnerable populations. For example, BPGNY provided electronic tests to identify community members who were suffering from depression or anxiety. BGPNY was ahead of its time by implementing these tests in trusted community settings, like churches and social services agencies. By working with community organizations, BPGNY was engaged in important work to reduce the stigma of mental illness that is so prevalent among African Americans.Since its founding, BPGNY has partnered with the New York Society for Ethical Culture and its affiliate, the United Social Services, Inc., Social Services Board. Both of these organizations have a history of fighting for equal rights for people of African descent. For example, the Social Services Board is “dedicated to helping the most vulnerable members of our community through social service projects that make a difference.” Additionally, the New York Society for Ethical Culture helped to found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).