Letters GHC sent to elected officials and agencies

GHC and other organizations have sent multiple letters to our elected officials and city/state/federal agencies to ask for a reduction in the oversaturation of substance use programs in Harlem and East Harlem.

In 2008, Community Board 10 (Central Harlem) issued a moratorium on new drug treatment clinics in the neighborhood. Community Board 11 (East Harlem) issued a similar moratorium, as well as a district, needs statement detailing the quality of life issues associated with these facilities.

Sadly, very little progress has been made to address the systemic packing of substance use programs in Harlem and East Harlem. For example, our elected officials have been unable to deter Mount Sinai from setting up yet another clinic on West 124th Street that will treat teenagers and adults suffering from mental health issues and substance use issues. (see letters from Inez Dickins and Brian Benjamin for more information)

Below are a list of some of our letters and subsequent responses:

Government Official/AgencyLettersResponses
NY State Governor and OASAS2019 Letter to OASAS

2021 Letter to OASAS

2021 GHC response to OASAS

2021 Oct GHC Letter to OASAS

2021 National Action Network to OASAS
2019 OASAS Response

2020 OASAS Response

2020 OASAS Response

2021 OASAS Response
Dr Cunningham (OASAS)2021 Nov Letter of Welcome

S. McIntosh Letter to CC
2003 Letter

2008 Letter

2013 Letter

2021 Letter
2019 MTA response

2021 MTA Response
Department of Homeless Services2021 Letter to DHSDHS response
NYC Mayor (Bill De Blasio)2020 Letter

2021 Letter and Media Coverage

2021 Letter re: Opioid Injection Sites
Yes. Came to East Harlem on a Sunday when clinics are closed
Manhattan District Attorney2020 Letter (P1,P2)
Public Advocate (Jumaane Williams)2021 Letter
Manhattan Borough President (Gale Brewer)2021 Letter
City Council Member (Mark Levine)2021 Letter Yes
Senator Brian Benjamin2020 Letter
City Council Member Ben Kallos2021 Letter
Congress Member Espaillat2021 LetterYes
Department of Education Chancellor Porter2021 Letter
NYC Racial Justice Commission2021 Letter
Attorney General T. James2021 Letter SB

2021 Letter KN

2021 Letter KD

2021 Letter WC

2021 Letter IG

2021 Letter CC

2021 Letter – Impact on Children

2021 Letter MS
2021 TS Response

2021 SL Response
Harlem United2020 Letter to Harlem United
State Assembly Member – Inez Dickens2020 LetterInez Dickens 2019 Reply

Inez Dickens 2021 Reply

Inez Dickens 2021 Support Letter
State Assembly Member – Robert Rodriguez2020 Letter
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene2020 Letter
Community Board 112020 Letter
NYS Department of Health2021 Letter CC


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December 2021