Description of RAICES' Services

The Spanish Speaking Elderly Council-RAICES provides a full array of benefit and entitlement counseling services to older adults in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.  These services include assistance with the application process and enrollment in all major benefits/entitlements available.  These benefits include but are not limited to Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Food Stamps Program, Senior Citizens Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE), and Senior Housing.

In addition, RAICES provides a full array of mental health services and support, crisis intervention services, treatment for depression, and other mental illnesses, as well as, an aggressive community based outreach modality.  There services are complemented with assistance/case management services and the provision of effective linkages with other service providers.

In all RAICES’ staff serves over 7,000 individuals on a yearly basis.