TYSA: Staten Island’s Behavioral Health Coalition

TYSA is a behavioral health coalition that seeks to improve the mental health and substance use outcomes of youth and young adults on Staten Island.

As a coalition, we center youth experience and voice, through community education, information, and other strategies that increase awareness to drive major improvements in youth substance use and mental illness prevention, treatment, and recovery on Staten Island.

What Does TYSA Do?

  • Educates the community on substance use issues and reduces stigma by developing and coordinating workshops and forums, and implementing media campaigns
  • Collects and shares data and personal stories through focus groups, surveys, and testimonials
  • Trains professionals, including pharmacists, physicians, youth service providers, beverage servers, business owners, school personnel
  • Provides opportunities for youth and community engagement through our Youth Council, Workgroups, and Town Hall Meetings
  • Connects community with needed resources by distributing fact sheets, web resources, parent toolkits, and treatment resource guides
  • Advocates for systems-level change at the local, state, and federal levels

How can you do your part as a parent?

About TYSA

The TYSA coalition is a data-driven collaboration aimed at leveraging the power of collective impact to improve behavioral health outcomes for Staten Island’s youth. Through the lens of equity and inclusion, this project seeks to drive major improvements in youth substance use and mental health prevention, treatment, and recovery on Staten Island. TYSA seeks to:

  • Engage diverse communities and constituencies, inclusive of lived experience, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability status and all of the other rich diversity on Staten Island
  • Achieve major gains, not minor improvements
  • Use clear metrics, at the youth, organization, and system-levels
  • Support the success of partner implementers
  • Align and improve efforts to achieve greater collective impact
  • Avoid reinventing the wheel or duplicating existing existing programs
  • Identify and address disparities
  • Identify root causes such as adverse childhood experiences, and support community level change
  • Create a culture of equity in systems and partnerships

Contact TYSA

444 St. Marks Place, 3FL
Staten Island, NY 10301

(718) 226-0258