Organizers in the Save Allen Psych campaign have collected nearly 2,000 postcards from community members, including about 1,200 postcards mailed directly to Dr. Ann Marie Sullivan, New York State’s Commissioner of the Office of Mental Health. After we mailed postcards to Dr. Sullivan, we collected hundreds of additional postcards with the intention of sharing community members’ messages on this website. This page includes a selection of those messages. Refresh the page to see more.

Nick S

Save Allen Psych!!

Jenny G

There is a mental health crisis in this city and the way to help those with mental health needs is not through imprisonment – it is with healthcare. We need to rethink how we can care for everyone in this city, and this ward is one way to ensure some level of much needed care.

Nina M

Please keep it open we need it. 🙂


Es necesario tener el hospital abierto por una emergencia. Gracias

Sarah A

Please keep Allen Psych open

Sarah M

Please don’t take vital care away from those who need compassionate healthcare

Emily M

Because being in the community means serving the community

Sarah H

Any time that mental health access is limited, it is a disservice to the surrounding community. NYP has a responsibility to meet the needs of the community it is in, and as a med student, I believe that these services are vital, both to our neighbors and to our education!

Sherri D

Why? It is sooo vital. This sounds like an aweful idea!!

E. V

Por favor — do NOT close this ward. It is imperative for this community — I am from CUMC and WCMC — #DONOTShutDown 🙂

Anduin H

Our neighborhood needs services for EVERYONE!! Keep the Allen Pavillion Psych Services!

Nicholas M

Not closing Allen Psych is the least you can do. We need more. Your job is to care for us, so tell these corporate non-profit ghouls to quit trying to get people killed.

Emanuel M

Sending all psych patients from Inwood to Westchester Medical is totally unrealistic.

Miriam N

Mental health services are so important to the health and livability of our communities. Please do not relocate to a place where people who are underresourced and uninsured cannot access this vital service. Keep the Allen Psych unit in our area. Thank you.


You make people know their not alone no matter their background

Madeline C

Please keep the Allen Psych Unit open. It’s so important to provide inpatient care so that patients have somewhere to go and don’t end up homeless or incarcerated. My mother is a therapist and she has so many patients who need inpatient care but don’t have any options near where they live.

Alec F

I am a medical student at Mount Sinai. We closed one of our psychiatric units and replaced it with a cardiology administrative office. A classmate of mine rotating in psych after the closing explained that they had to cram people in the rooms of the remaining center–this included having elderly women in the same room as young men. This is not acceptable. We need more mental health services, not less.

Ariel P

We have to support our community’s health! – Med student @ Columbia

Alison M

Keep it open to help the mental ill off the streets and to get care! Saftey for our community. –Alison


Keep Allen open!

Joann M

Don’t close us down!


Keep services local!

Javier A

Just do the right thing!

Martha J

We need this service in our community to community, to continue to provide services for those in need and don’t have the resources.

Cindy L

Mental health is one of the most yet underserved issues currently faced in the US. Let’s change that!

Ashley L

Mental health is an essential part of healthcare and patients deserve accessible services in their communities.

LaTanya E

Psych facility is very important to the people of Inwood. Please keep it open

Loraine A

Please keep it open it is important. My son has mental illness. I know first hand how important. We need your help!!

Johanna S

Help our residents we’re watching you NYP!


There are many people in need of your help; please keep providing it!