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Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center Outpatient


New York New YorkEmma L. Bowen Community Service Center Outpatient Review

Established in 1986, the Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center provides residents of Upper Manhattan—including Harlem, Inwood and Washington Heights—with outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment services. The Community Service Center also operates the ABLE Halfway House in East Harlem.

Emma L. Bowen was a tireless activist whose efforts integrated the U.S. Senate Page program in Washington DC. She also founded Black Citizens for a Fair Media (BCFM) and was co-founder of the Foundation for Minority Interest in Media. Bowen served as Executive Secretary of the NYC Mental Health, Retardation and Alcoholism Service. She founded the Community Service Center shortly after her retirement from that position.

Treatment and Staff

Clients attend outpatient treatment at the Community Service Center for up to one year, with most attending for three to six months. After an assessment, clients receive a treatment plan that includes group and individual therapy. Treatment plans span a standard outpatient track and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Most clients attend individual therapy once a week and groups anywhere from once a week to each day. As clients progress in their treatment plan, they may step down to attending group therapy less frequently.

Groups have fewer than 15 participants and use insight-oriented modalities such as CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Groups are led by therapists, usually LCSWs and CASACs. The clinicians at the Community Service Center are able to treat clients with significant mental health diagnoses and help to coordinate additional care for co-occurring disorders. Clients are not required to attend 12-step meetings in addition to group therapy, but they are strongly encouraged and the Community Service Center hosts weekly 12-step meetings on-site.


Clients work with their counselor to create an effective aftercare program, which may include attending group therapy periodically for relapse prevention. Clients can also receive referrals for job training programs. The Community Service Center’s other programs include a therapeutic preschool, an elderly clinic and a rehab day program for residents with chronic mental illness.

Family members may attend individual therapy sessions with clients if the therapist feels it would be beneficial. The Community Service Center also refers clients to other community agencies for classes on parenting skills.

Services are also available in Spanish and French.

In Summary

The Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center has been providing residents of Upper Manhattan with mental health and substance abuse services for over 30 years. With case management services and counselors with significant training and experience in treating co-occurring disorders, the Community Service Center provides a level of care for addiction affected by mental health conditions that is seldom seen in an outpatient setting.

Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center Outpatient Location

Emma L. Bowen
Community Service Center
1727 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10031

Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center Outpatient Cost

Sliding scale. Reach Emma L. Bown Community Service Center at (212) 694-9200 x579 and by email at [email protected].

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