Dr. Roman Pabis

Dr. Roman Pabis founded St. Mark's Pl. Institute for Mental Health, also known as UNITAS, to provide comprehensive, unique, patient-centered, mental, physical, and substance use disorder treatment. His emphasis was to identify and treat underlying disease causes using a systems approach that applies scientific insights to understand the elements that influence health determinants - biological, social, familial, and the relationships between those elements.

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In a patient-centered method, every individual can experience lifestyle changes through diet, nutrition, exercise, and physical and mental health management. He was uniquely prepared for this task. His interest and study spanned psychology, pathophysiology, neuropsychology, medicine, philosophy, religion, children's cognitive development, and intelligence. He believes any disease affects the body and mind; therefore, treatment must be united and holistic, involving the body and mind.

Hence he chose the name for his clinic UNITAS. His extensive clinical experience and education (Ph.D. MD MS MA Licentiate ) enabled him to understand the catastrophe of serious illnesses affecting a person. He published innovative studies. He challenges the concept of multiple personalities. One of his original studies focused on cognitive deficiencies in emotionally disturbed children, and another on self-mutilation as a substitute for suicide. 

He has written many articles for popular Polish newspapers while also speaking on the radio about mental health and substance use disorders in people forced to leave their own country and become immigrants in the USA. After completing his doctorate, he was offered an Adjunct Assistant professor position at St. John's University, Queens, NY, to teach students on graduate-level neuropsychology and cognitive deficiencies in learning-disabled persons. He also worked at Coney Island, St. Vincent, and Cooperated with Cabrini. In 1983, he presented a necessary application to NYS for opening a new clinic.

History of St Mark's Institute for Health


At the end of the 1970s and the beginning of the 1980s, I worked in the psychiatric ward of Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. A significant number of Russian emigrants settled in Coney Island and Brighton Beach areas; therefore, the Russian patients had good support. Then Polish patients began to appear, who encountered a considerable language barrier and frequently left the hospital against medical advice and found a place to prepare food, often collected from garbage and bed under the Cone Island boardwalk. Language is the basis of psychotherapy. The hospital focused mainly on severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar, or chronic depression. Poles were primarily diagnosed with depression, traumatic stress, alcohol, and drug issues. Then, the idea was born to set up a Polish psychiatric /medical facility focused on the problems faced by our compatriots living in New York...

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I placed an ad in the Polish newspaper that I sought a building for a clinic in East Village, Manhattan. After this announcement, the pastor of the Polish National Catholic Church of New York, located at 57 Saint Marks Place, communicated that the parish wanted to rent its building. Unfortunately, in the future, the parish will be forced to sell the building because the parish was too small, with no income, to renovate this damaged building because of nearly no maintenance. Eventually, the building became the Clinic.
Many mentally ill people got a one-way ticket from Polish Jaruzelsk's government and were sent to the USA. These people were utterly lost – they became homeless and beggars in the streets of New York. But based on their chronic mental illness, UNITAS was able to place them in homeless shelters and, for some, eligible on SSI or SSD.

Unitas is the only Polish Clinic of this type in the United States with a mission for Polish patents. Which immediately began to run several specialized sections related to psychiatric and psychological problems and addictions. From the very beginning, our patients were able to benefit not only from psychotherapy and anti-alcohol counseling but also received appropriate medication. A few dozen Poles addicted to alcohol and various drugs lived in nearby Tompkins Square Park, then enjoying notorious fame. Frequently I, walked through the park, encouraging the Polish mentally ill to come to the Clinic for treatment. As a result, many writers, artists, and people capable of working eventually escaped addiction and became contributing members of society.

From the beginning, Unitas' services are also used by other NewYorkees Unitas is constantly implementing and expanding the scope of treatment. Ten years ago, NYS OMH approved an integrated license, thanks to which primary care and family medicine are included in addition to psychiatry and substance use disorder treatment. As part of this primary care, the Clinic treats many =common conditions, e.g., diabetes, hypertension, HIV before and after exposure, Hepatitis C, etc.

Unitas has been rewarded with federal contracts for many years, in a three-yearly auction. NYS and NYC also often refer clients who speak Slavic languages.

The NYS Department of Motor Vehicle approved the Unitas program for drivers stopped while driving after consuming alcohol or other intoxicants.

The employees - doctors, psychologists, and therapists - employed at the Unitas clinic speak many languages, m.in English, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Georgian, Slovak, and Polish. This lets patients from different countries talk in their native language. In the recent two years, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the number of patients with paranoia and depression disorders has increased, reflecting fears related to stress, an uncertain future, and a lack of work and prospects.

Unitas is located -at 57 Saint Marks Place in Manhattan - It was there that the legendary Club 57 once operated, where many famous artists began their careers. Still, it was also a place where alcohol and drugs ruined many people's lives.

Unitas' doctors and psychotherapists believe that the mind and body should be treated as one; hence this holistic approach is encoded in the name Unita's comes from Latin meaning One or Oness,

Unitas operates as a private non-profit organization. The Board of Directors is the government of the Clinic. The Board elects the Chief Executive Officer, who runs the Clinic on a daily bases and is also responsible to the New York State rules., regulations and laws. Unitas is not funded by government money. Instead, it earns its living from the work it performs.
Our Mission
Our Licensors

Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide the highest quality medical care to everyone regardless of race, gender, or religious affiliation. 

We believe that ALL people, regardless of sex, race, socioeconomic status, or religious beliefs, have the right to excellent state-of-the-art healthcare.

We believe in meeting the patient where they are; to working with the patient to reach individual goals.

We believe in creating a warm, and welcoming environment for our patients.

Our Licensors

NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH)
Federal Bureau of Prisons – Contract- Endorsements
NYS OMH Integrated Program for Behavioral Health, Primary Care, and Substance Use disorder
NYS Integrated Program for Mental Health and Substance Use disorder
NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)
Federal Courts – Pre-trial Contract – Endorsements

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