Andromeda serves on average 3,000 patients a year, seeing many of them multiple times during the year.
Since its creation in 1970, Andromeda has impacted the lives of at least 50,000 individuals and their families --250,000 people-- by helping them address alcohol and substance abuse addiction, mental illness, HIV and other chronic diseases. Its leadership advocated for increased prevention and health care funding and mental health and substance abuse services for Latinos and other migrants and low-income populations in the region.
Andromeda’s strength has been demonstrated by providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services to immigrant families who have suffered post- traumatic stress disorder due to wars, migration and domestic violence. In the 1980s Andromeda linked community mental health services to Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital during the Mariel migration of Cuban refugees, making a successful model of care for this population.
Andromeda’s mental health and psychiatric services served over 200 children and adolescents and their families.
Andromeda’s day treatment center El Circulo de Andromeda provides intensive individual and group therapy to 400 individuals every year who suffer from alcohol and drug addition and who need Access to Recovery Services including support to find adequate housing, social services, career education, language, and employment training to build substance free lives.
Andromeda’s HIV/AIDS program for fifteen years has been serving 180 patients a year who deal with HIV by providing comprehensive primary care, medical case management, substance abuse, mental health counseling, treatment adherence, nutrition and pharmacists on site. Patients are able to stay in treatment and effectively manage this chronic disease.
Andromeda’s Education Program has graduated more than 150 youth and young adults as Medical Assistants. These new health care professionals come mostly from low income Latino, immigrant and African American families who through this program were able to advance their careers in health care. This training has placed them in health care clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and other health facilities increasing their ability to continue their education in the health field.