GHC held Manhattan DA Candidates Forum with focus on Harlem’s Fair Share of harm reduction services
Mark your calendars!
On Thursday, February 4th, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, all 9 candidates for the position of Manhattan DA will appear in The Greater Harlem Coalition’s first Manhattan DA Candidates Forum: Harlem’s Fair Share.
While Harlem is oversaturated with 18% of drug treatment capacities, many districts have no such capacities whatsoever
The distribution of Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) reflects the historic and ongoing medical redlining of low-income communities of color. This map of New York City shows (in red) Community Districts that have little or no OASAS licensed programs to support their opioid-addicted residents. As a result, their community members must commute to other, oversaturated neighborhoods for treatment.
This visualization illustrates how East Harlem is oversaturated by OASAS. Given that 84% of all opioid treatment programs in CB11 commute into East Harlem from other Community Districts, our community is shouldering far more than its fair share.
East Harlem (in red, below) hosts a disproportionate number of OASAS-licensed Opioid Treatment Programs, that wealthier zip codes have rejected. This graph clearly illustrates that the NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports applies discriminatory medical redlining, forcing low-income communities of color to bear more than their fair share of programs.
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
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.
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
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,”
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!
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.
Since Robert Rodriguez’s election to New York State Assembly, the number of substance abuse programs in his district #68 has exploded to become larger than any other district in New York City.
Based on our 2019 data request via FOIL (Freedom of Information Law), we are able to display a map of substance abuse programs by NY State Assembly districts. The data shows that since Robert Rodriguez’s election, the number of substance abuse programs in his district has exploded to become larger than any other district in New York City. [note the darkest district on this map]
As you know, New York State Assembly Districts have equal population counts, and thus Robert Rodriguez’s District 68 is shockingly oversaturated with 44 such programs. By comparison, 46 other districts have less than 10 substance abuse programs, and 5 districts have none.
Compounding this oversaturation of Robert Rodriguez’s district is the fact that the second highest count of substance abuse programs is located in NY State Assembly District 70 – immediately adjacent.
Consistent with this data, in our earlier post, you can see that 76% of the patients getting drug treatment in Harlem’s substance abuse clinics do not reside in Harlem.
In our earlier post, you can see that 76% of the patients coming into Harlem for drug abuse treatment do not reside in Harlem (click here to read more).
With a different perspective, we can look at the density of methadone clinics by 5 borough.
Hover over map to reveal Assembly Districts and number of substance abuse programs found in each.
Let your NYS Assembly member that fair share policies must be implemented today!
As you know, OASAS – the state agency that licenses ever addiction services program in New York State – is based up in Albany. New York State Assembly member, Robert Rodriguez’s chief of staff has suddenly gotten wind of The Greater Harlem Coalition and reached out to us to tell us what Robert Rodriguez is doing to stop oversaturation.
The meeting is scheduled on:
Monday, May 6, 2019 6pm Robert Rodriguez offices 55 East 115th Street, NY, NY 10029 (Madison/115th Street )
Please check your calendar and see if you can make it. We need a show of numbers to make sure that the Assembly Member takes our message about oversaturation back to Albany.