Project Guardianship clients reside in the five boroughs of New York City
Clients with Multiple Needs
Many of our clients are living with mental health disorders, cognitive limitations (such as dementia), developmental disabilities, chronic health problems, and traumatic brain injuries. In addition, many have experienced neglect, unnecessary institutionalizations, low income, apartment evictions, home foreclosures, and difficult family dynamics.
A summary: more than half (54%) of our clients have diagnosed mental health or cognitive disorders, such as bipolar illness, schizophrenia, and dementia. A majority of this subset live with at least one mental health disorder and one-quarter live with two or more mental health disorders. And for some, they live with both a mental health and a cognitive disorder. The majority (79%) of these clients are seniors and older adults over the age of 60. Please note that any formally undiagnosed mental health conditions (by medical practitioners) are not reflected in these statistics.
Many of our clients who are under 60 live with the challenges of neurodevelopmental disorders such as severe autism and intellectual disability. Also, while not classified as a mental health disorder, Project Guardianship has cared for multiple clients with traumatic brain injury which severely affects their behavior and functioning.