News & Press Releases
VIP Community Services Joins Amida Care, Union Community Health Center, and Elected Officials to Call for More Resources to Fight HIV on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
African-Americans account for 43% of new HIV diagnoses nationwide, and 23% of all New York City residents with HIV live in the Bronx Bronx, NY (February 7, 2020) –This morning, at a press conference marking National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, New York City Council Members Ritchie Torres and Vanessa Gibson were joined by Amida Care, […]
VIP Community Services Makes the List of “Best Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers in The Bronx” for 2020
Photo by Jay Rosenblatt Photography LLCVIP Community Services was just named to Help.org’s list of the Best Rehab Facilities in The Bronx for 2020. Help.org — an online resource for individuals who struggle with addiction and their loved ones — recognizes the top 20 rehab facilities based on cost, treatment options, […]
For 45 years, VIP Community Services has been a stable resource for people struggling with poverty, homelessness, addiction, and community violence. Every day our staff walks through these doors, we are driven by our mission — to improve the health and well being of our community with integrated medical and behavioral health, housing, and wrap-around […]
Expansive location bolsters organization’s range, depth of services
The CHCANYS Awards Committee and The Providers of Health Care for the Homeless have announced that Debbian Fletcher-Blake, CEO of VIP Community Services, will be honored with the Dr. Philip W. Brickner Award. The awards presentation will take place Monday, October 28, 2019, during the CHCANYS Statewide Conference and Clinical Forum Awards Dinner at The […]
New Headquarters and Healthcare Facility to Feature Expressive Artwork by Clients and Staff, in Collaboration with International Painter and Muralist Tova Snyder
VIP to Hold Candlelight Vigil September 18 to Remember People Lost to Addiction and Honor Those in Recovery
VIP Community Services will hold a Candlelight Vigil in the Bronx on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 6:30pm in honor of those in recovery and remembering those who have been lost to addiction. The walk will begin at 1870 Crotona Avenue and continue to Crotona Park. For more information, please contact Carmen Rivera at email@example.com
VIP Community Services Board Chair Amanda Parsons, M.D., Appointed Deputy Chief Medical Officer of MetroPlus Health Plan
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MetroPlus Health Plan today announced the appointment of Amanda Parsons, M.D., as the health plan’s new Deputy Chief Medical Officer (DCMO). Dr. Parson’s assumed her new position on September 3. “I am pleased to announce Dr. Parson’s appointment as Deputy Chief Medical Officer,” said Talya Schwartz, M.D., MetroPlus President and Chief Executive Officer. […]
September 6, 2019 VIP will host a job fair in the Bronx on Fri, Sep 6 from 10am-2pm (outside on the corner of 176th St. and 1870 Crotona Ave). Dress professionally, bring your resume, and meet employers from city agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. VIP is also hosting a free job preparation class […]
August 6, 2019 VIP Community Services is proud to serve as a co-sponsor of the 2019 NYPD National Night Out Celebration. Please join us on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 4:00PM-8:00PM on Bathgate Avenue between East 188 Street & East 189 Street. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships to […]
VIP’s 45th Anniversary Gala will be an evening to remember! Join us on October 16 at 6:00pm at Marina Del Rey for cocktails, dinner, and conversation. At this year’s gala, we are thrilled to recognize these leaders for their commitment to improving the lives of New Yorkers: Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc, FACP HONOREE Dr. […]
Program Provides Tax Incentives for Certified Employers who Hire People in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders in Either Full- or Part-Time Positions Allows Employers to Receive up to $2,000 Credit for Each Person in Recovery Hired Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the FY 2020 Enacted Budget includes the nation’s first Recovery Tax Credit program, […]
VIP Community Services provides vaccinations/immunizations to prepare you and your family for all kinds of activities including summer camp, summer jobs, athletic teams, school, childcare, international travel, and more. Being vaccinated is an important part of having a safe and healthy summer and beyond. Call 718-466-8244 for an appointment or walk in! We are located […]
From serving as vice president of community and population health for Montefiore Medical Center, to working as an assistant professor of family and social medicine at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, VIP’s board chair Amanda Heron Parsons is always on the go. Thanks to the outstanding work she’s done in addressing public health issues […]
Certification of Compliance from the Health Resources and Services Administration Thanks to our demonstration of compliance with health center program requirements, we’ve been awarded a certification of compliance from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)! We’re proud to be included in HRSA’s network of nearly 1,400 health centers operating throughout the U.S., which […]
On Thursday, October 18, 2018, a presentation on our 24-hour access center was offered by our Admissions Director Nicholas Jefferson at Abraham Plaza. This forum was held for our local NYPD Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs) from our local precinct #48. As collaborating partners, we provide our Police Officers with information and resources to continue to serve […]
VADM Jerome M. Adams, U.S. Surgeon General, along with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), released Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids. The Spotlight on Opioids is a condensed document with opioid-relevant content from the 2016 Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, updated prevalence statistics, and […]
As the result of their continued dedication to serving residents of the Bronx, VIP Community Services has been awarded a Quality Improvement grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The series of grant awards promote expanding access to comprehensive care, improving care and quality outcomes, addressing health disparities, and a range […]
President Trump issued the following statement on 10/3/18 after the Senate’s passage of the support for Patients and Communities Act, H.R. 6, making it clear that he will sign it: I applaud Congress for its extraordinary bipartisan effort and steadfast commitment to mobilizing the largest legislative effort in history to address the opioid crisis. Since […]
VIP Community Services is excited to announce the opening of our 24-hour, 7 days-a-week Open Access Center.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Tino Hernandez, right, President and CEO of Samaritan Daytop Village, received the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Debbie Pantin, CEO of VIP Community Services.
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.
On Monday, March 5, and Tuesday, March 6, 2018 VIP representatives will be advocating in Albany for high-quality, affordable Primary Care 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»
VIP Community Services was featured on News12, highlighting its fight to reverse the opioid epidemic in the Bronx. News12: Health center looks to reverse opioid epidemic
On November 14th, VIP Community Services partnered with Neighborhood Action Center, Community Board 6 and Friends of Tremont Park to plant 1000 Daffodils in Tremont Park. Nine residents of our treatment center helped in the planting process. Flyer