High School For Health Professions & Human Services

World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program

Dear Parent:

Welcome to the new school year! While you’ve been busy preparing for your child’s next academic adventure, my team and I have been working to ensure that all 1.1 million children enrolled in our public schools have access to the resources and opportunities they deserve.

In order for our students to learn and grow, they need to be as healthy and strong as possible. Unfortunately, more than 14 years after the September 11th attacks, some of our children are still experiencing physical or mental health symptoms.

If your child lived or went to school in lower Manhattan or western Brooklyn on September 11, 2001 or in the months that followed, they may be eligible to receive healthcare through the World Trade Center Health Program.

Created to help teens and adults coping with WTC-related physical illness and mental health issues, the WTC Health Program offers treatment by compassionate and experienced doctors at no out-of-pocket cost to your family. Eligible local teens receive services at Bellevue Hospital Center, while those who live outside the city receive care through the Nationwide Provider Network.

WTC health conditions include breathing problems (such as asthma), heartburn, indigestion, sinus congestion and some cancers. Mental health symptoms can include anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and behavioral issues. If you believe that you or your child might be suffering from symptoms related to the WTC disaster, please contact the WTC Health Program at 1-888-WTC-HP4U (1-888-982-4748).

Best wishes for a terrific school year.


Bill de Blasio