VIP Community Services is excited to announce the opening of our 24-hour, 7 days-a-week Open Access Center
VIP Community Services has implemented a twenty-four hour, seven days-a-week Open Access Center for the Bronx to provide consumers with immediate assessment and linkage to addiction treatment services.
Consumers will be able to:
- call a toll free number to speak with Clinicians on the phone, or
- walk into the facility to meet in person with a Clinician.
The goal of the Open Access Center is to significantly decrease the obstacles that consumers face in obtaining immediate access to addiction services. As such, the Open Access Center will provide appropriate levels of care to prevent avoidable use of emergency departments, providing services regardless of consumers’ ability to pay for treatment. Culturally-competent services will be available to remove consumers’ fear of seeking services alone and facilitate a sober support system. Continuous access to care throughout the year inclusive of holidays will remove barriers to access.
With the assistance of knowledgeable, empathetic, and genuine admission Counselors, the Open Access Center will help to ensure consumers are treated with the utmost respect. Through a comprehensive screening process, staff determine the appropriate level of clinical care for each consumer. The Open Access Center has established linkages and connections within the community to directly refer consumers to immediate crisis intervention or medically-stabilizing programs, as needed. Additionally, staff will arrange for consumers to be transported to these programs/points of services. The Open Access Center’s staff has demonstrable expertise, experience, and/or capacity to work with state and local health departments, community health centers, state and local social service agencies, and other community providers to serve the target population.
Please see the attached flyer that speaks to contact information for the Open Access Center. We look forward to your collaboration and assisting your consumers in receiving immediate SUD services around the clock.
To aid their mission in providing critical social services to residents of the Bronx, VIP Community Services will host their 2nd annual Hope on the Hudson fundraiser aboard a cruise ship embarking from Pier 81 in Manhattan on September 12. In addition to supporting existing services, this year’s event will benefit the launch of Pediatric services for children in the borough and surrounding communities.
Children in the Bronx are 3.5 times more likely to be hospitalized for asthma than children in the other boroughs. Furthermore, statistics released by the Citizen’s Committee for Children of New York, Inc., in 2017, showed that over 40% of children in the Bronx live below of the federal poverty level.
“The Pediatrics services will be well received in this community,” said Carmen Rivera, VP of Communications & External Affairs for VIP Community Services. “Our community has been experiencing disparities in health care for some time. There are many children currently in our surrounding area living in shelters who are in need of health care.”
The fundraiser will help support approximately 25,000 clients that receive comprehensive medical, behavioral health, housing, and other social services from VIP Community Services each year, while honoring Rachel Kohler, CEO of NowPow, for her pioneering work in creating new opportunities for health systems to connect their patients to vital community resources.
“NowPow is honored to be recognized by VIP Community Services at their September 12, 2018, Hope on the Hudson event,” said Kohler. “I see tremendous synergy between the missions of NowPow and VIP. NowPow is a women-owned and -led tech company that empowers communities with the knowledge people need to get well, care for others, and manage with disease. We look forward to partnering with VIP to support the Bronx community for many years to come.”
Boarding for the two-hour luxurious boat cruise will begin promptly at 6:00pm on September 12. Sponsorships are available ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, with journal advertisements being offered from $300 for a quarter page to $3,000 for an inside front cover placement. Individual event tickets are $275 with a bulk rate of $225 per ticket for a purchase of 10 or more.
“At VIP, we are committed to improving the health of adults and children through the integration of primary and behavioral health services and collaborating with our community partners to break down health care silos,” said Debbian Fletcher-Blake, CEO of VIP Community Services. “In so doing, we will eliminate disparities in care.”
The Board of Directors of VIP Community Services Inc., a Bronx-based non-profit providing comprehensive medical, behavioral health, housing, and shelter services to the borough, is proud to announce the appointment of Debbian Fletcher-Blake as the agency’s next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Fletcher-Blake has served as VIP’s Chief Operations Officer (COO) and interim CEO during the last seven months, building on a successful 25-year career as a medical provider and administrator in the nonprofit sector.
“Debbian is an accomplished leader with an incredible record of working with underserved populations. We are excited for the future of VIP under her leadership. Debbian is unique in her ability to translate vision and strategy into impressive execution, bringing together teams and processes to drive results. She has an incredible ability to inspire, energize, and connect with employees, partners, patients, and community leaders. Debbian’s vision, strategy, and execution track record is exactly what VIP needs as we enter our next chapter, which I am confident will be even more impactful and exciting,” said Amanda Parsons, the new Chair of VIP’s Board of Directors.
Fletcher-Blake holds policy and leadership development roles with several state and national membership organizations where she advocates for elimination of disparities in health care. She has served on several boards including Providers for Health Care for the Homeless, Community Roots Charter School, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities (BPHC), Bronx Accountable Health Care Network Home Health (BAHN), and Health Care Advisory Board UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Leadership Program. She will join the Board of Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS) later this month.
Prior to joining VIP Community Services, Fletcher-Blake served as COO at the Morris Heights Health Center, Assistant Executive Director at Care for the Homeless, Clinical Director at the Institute for Family Health, and Research Scientist and Adjunct Instructor at New York University.
Fletcher-Blake holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from SUNY Stony Brook, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing from Pace University, and post-graduate certificates in Health Information Technology from the University of Colorado and Executive Leadership from UCLA.
Assemblyman Michael Blake from our Assembly district attended a Tenants Association Meeting at one of our housing sites, Abraham Plaza, on May 8th, 2018. Abraham Plaza is located at 1870 Crotona Avenue, Bronx, NY.
On Thursday, March 15, 2018, our property manager, Kevin Alter, from Dougert Management Corp., was honored by the Bronx Chamber of Commerce with a luncheon for Irish Heritage at Rambling House for his contributions to his borough! Let’s congratulate Mr. Alter!
In honor of Women’s History Month, Carmen Rivera, VIP’s VP of Communications & External Affairs, participated in City Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson’s Women’s Fellowship Breakfast with guest speakers Corey Johnson, New York City Council Speaker, and Annabel Palma, Deputy Commissioner, Officer of Strategic Initiatives, NYC Dept. of Homeless Services.
Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett, P.S. 211 Principal Tanya Drummond, VIP Community Services CEO Debbie Pantin, and artist Tova Snyder hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a large-scale mural at P.S. 211 in the Bronx. Read more»