Illegal Drug Use, Treatment, and Bail Reform—Impact on the Greater Harlem Community

Thursday, February 27th – 7:00 PM, Ascension Presbyterian Church, 15 Mount Morris Park West @ 122nd St.
When will other, wealthier communities accept their Fair Share?

Thursday, February 27th – 7:00 PM
Ascension Presbyterian Church
15 Mount Morris Park West @ 122nd St

Presenters:

Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Dr. Lily Awad, Assistant Professor Psychiatry and Director of Addiction services, Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

Teri Friedman, MS, CRC Director Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Opioid Treatment Program.

Will discuss Methadone and other modalities used to treat addiction, including dispensing protocol, outcome, and the use of the life saving drug Narcan.

Bridget G. Brennan, the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York

Will speak to the impact the 2020 New York State Bail Reform is having (and will have) on the quality of life in Harlem and East Harlem.


mmpcia.org greaterharlem.nyc
Illegal Drug Use, Treatment, and Bail Reform MMPCIA and The Greater Harlem Coalition are working to locate opioid treatment programs in all New York communities and to end the practice of oversaturating Harlem and East Harlem.

The City: Complaints from Harlem of Mount Sinai’s planned clinic

GHC Protest At Mt. Sinai Meeting With Political Leaders, Mentioned In “The City “ – 092719

By Rachel Holliday Smith

On West 124th Street, Mount Sinai Hospital has been planning for more than a year to open a new health facility.

In its current form, the Mt. Sinai outpatient clinic, set for a late-2021 opening, would include primary and specialty care as well as mental health treatment for children, teens and adults.

On the block Mt. Sinai is eyeing, there are multiple methadone clinics, a sliding-scale health center and at least two homeless shelters.

The Greater Harlem Coalition was founded last year to fight the Mount Sinai facility and bring attention to the concentration of social and health services in East and Central Harlem as a problem.

The protesters’ message was clear: the neighborhood is already doing more than its fair share, and they shouldn’t have to shoulder more services.

On a map of the density of mental health programs the group compiled from state and city health data, Harlem is shaded dark gray. Their analysis found Harlem has just 5% of New York City’s population but 15% of its mental health programs.

Data from the state’s Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) obtained by the coalition through a Freedom of Information Law request shows that while 6.9% of people in New York City OASAS-certified treatment programs for opioid addiction are Harlem residents, nearly a fifth (19.1%) of opioid treatment programs are located there as well.

Shawn Hill, a co-founder of the Coalition told the crowd, “Every time you feel overburdened, every time you feel that it’s too much — you are absolutely correct. And we have the data to back that up,”

For full article clink here:

https://thecity.nyc/2019/09/harlem-overburdened-with-clinics-neighbors-complain.html

Protest Against Mount Sinai’s expansion of Substance Abuse Clinics in Harlem

Tuesday, May 28th at 5:30 PM, at 1470 Madison Avenue, Room 5-101

Next Tuesday, Mount Sinai will host a Community Advisory Board Meeting where they will discuss the proposed move of 2,500 mental health and substance abuse clients from Morningside Heights to West 124th Street.  

This meeting is about your block, your subway station, your streets, and your community. 

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 28th at 5:30 PM, at 1470 Madison Avenue, Room 5-101. We need you to encourage your neighbors to join, to bring your children, and to spread the word on your block by posting the attached flyer and emailing your friends living and working in Harlem. Our goal to have 1,000 members of the community there to show Mount Sinai exactly how Harlem feels about their proposal. 

Please wear a GREEN shirt if you can, which will identify you as part of the Greater Harlem Coalition. Bring/Draw/Print/Create a poster, a sign, a banner or have your kids do it! 

SCHEDULE: 

5:00 – 5:25 PM – Meet at 1470 Madison Avenue (between 101st and 102nd Streets) to march in front of the entrance of the hospital 

5:30 PM – Attend and speak out at the Community Advisory Board Meeting in Room 5-101, 1470 Madison Avenue 

We need your voice to demand that Mount Sinai commit to reducing their contribution to the over saturation of Harlem.

Postcard Party: Saturday, April 27, 2019

Notify your representative you are against the oversaturation of addiction facilities in Harlem.
Place: Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124 Street
New York, NY 10027

Please join Greater Calvary and other community stakeholders opposed to efforts to locate yet another drug treatment facility in Harlem. We value recovery services and programs, but Harlem is already oversaturated with drug treatment facilities—even though only 10% of the clientele served by these facilities live in Harlem!

We are just shy of 300 postcards for the first 3 months of this year, and are aiming for 500 cards by May 2019. Come help us. It takes a half hour to write 5 postcards and possibly make a world of difference.

Event: Postcard Party

Place: Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124 Street
New York, NY 10027

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
1pm– 3pm

What is Killing People Who Live in Harlem?

Data gathered by the NYC Dept of Health shows that what Harlem needs most are cancer and heart disease-related health facilities. #harlem #eastharlem #fairshare

While health and social service organizations, such as Mount Sinai Health System, would have you believe that drug addiction is killing residents of Harlem and East Harlem, nothing could be further from the truth.

Data gathered by the NYC Dept of Health Community Health Profiles, 2015 shows us that more typical health issues, such as heart disease, and cancer are the leading cause of death in our community.

Facilities that help address these health issues are what Harlem and East Harlem need the most.

2008 Community Board 10 Resolution: Moratorium on Special Interest Facilities in Harlem

As far back as April 2008, Community Board 10 of Central Harlem established a resolution calling for a moratorium on dumping social service facilities, supporting the “fair share” of these types of services throughout the city.

CB10 Resolution to Rescind Support for a Mount Sinai Drug Treatment Facility in Central Harlem

Executive Committee meeting of Community Board 10 the members voted unanimously to rescind the CB vote taken at the General Board meeting in May 2018 allowing Mount Sinai to erect a health facility at 160 West 124th Street New York, New York 10027.

At the September 26th 2018 Executive Committee meeting of Community Board 10 the members voted unanimously to rescind the CB vote taken at the General Board meeting in May 2018 allowing Mount Sinai to erect a health facility at 160 West 124th Street New York, New York 10027.