To end New York State and New York City’s practice of using Harlem as a dumping ground for drug treatment programs.
In 1990, the New York City Planning Commission adopted the Fair Share Criteria: a set of guidelines intended to ensure that no part of the city would suffer from an unjust allocation of city facilities and services. Yet today, almost 30 years later, Harlem and East Harlem house 19.1% of all New York City’s opioid addiction programs, despite having only 6.9% of the city’s opioid addicts. This is more than 2.5 times our Fair Share.
The Greater Harlem Coalition (GHC) demands a return to our Fair Share level as defined by NYC Council’s Fair Share Rules. Further, we hold the clinics, and city and state agencies accountable for ensuring that the programs currently in Harlem and East Harlem enhance the safety of both our community and their patients.
We firmly support and respect the right of people within our community who are struggling to get the services they need. However, The New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and the Department of Health and Mental Health (DOHMH) have systematically overloaded our community with substance abuse and mental health programs. This has resulted in an unhealthy environment for vulnerable patients and threatens the safety and quality of life of all who live, work, pray, visit, and study here in Harlem and East Harlem.