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Bronxites come together for International Overdose Awareness Day

September 1, 2023 – Bronxites came together Thursday on International Overdose Awareness Day to honor those who died from overdoses, celebrate those who live in recovery and call for awareness and action. Read more.

VIP Among America’s Best Addiction Treatment Centers 2023

July 21, 2023 – Newsweek and Statista are partnering for a fourth year to rank America’s Best Addiction Treatment Centers. This year we recognize 360 leading addiction treatment facilities in the United States. This ranking is based on a national online survey of over 4,000 medical professionals in the addiction treatment industry and accreditation data provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Read more.

VIP Community Services Named Finalist in 3rd Annual NYC Imagine Awards

August 21, 2023 – VIP Community Services is a finalist in the Innovation category of the prestigious 3rd Annual NYC Imagine Awards. The Imagine Awards were established to recognize and celebrate the most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations in the NYC metro area. Read More.

News12 Brooklyn: Mobile health center helps bring resources amid country’s opioid crisis

July 20, 2023 – As the opioid crisis continues nationwide, one local facility is bringing several resources to New Yorkers.

The Mobile Medication Unit, in collaboration with VIP Community Services and Office of Addiction Services and Support, is offering opioid treatment services as well as clinical services for residents, extending access to resources like physical exams, counseling and peer support and its effort is to combat overdose deaths citywide. Read More.

New York Announces First Mobile Methadone Van as the opioid crisis continues nationwide

August 7, 2023 – A Operated by VIP Community Services, an opioid treatment program (OTP) in the Bronx, a “ribbon cutting” was held last month for the first mobile methadone van in New York state. The state’s Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS). The mobile unit will provide a wide range of addiction services and other medical care in the New York City area. Read More.

Capitol Pressroom and Debbian Fletcher-Blake: New York deploying mobile drug treatment services

August 1, 2023 – New York is investing $6 million in federal funds to operate mobile medication units to expand access to drug addiction services around the state. We discuss the initiative with Debbian Fletcher-Blake, president & CEO of VIP Community Services, which began operating a mobile unit this summer in New York City. Listen here.

30 local hospitals achieve ‘A’ ratings for social responsibility: Lown Institute

July 20, 2023 Thirty local hospitals in New York and New Jersey have achieved the Lown Institute’s highest overall rating–an A–for social responsibility, according to a new Hospital Index ranking from the nonprofit think tank. Read More.

NYS OASAS Announces Opening Of First Mobile Medication Unit In New York State

July 21, 2023 – The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS) today announced the opening of the first Mobile Medication Unit (MMU) in New York State. Operated by VIP Community Services, this new mobile unit will provide a wide range of addiction services and other medical care in the New York City area. This program is being supported with $550,000 in federal funding under the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Supplemental Grant, administered by OASAS. Read more.