The Center for Comprehensive Health Practice (CCHP) is an interdisciplinary family-focused health center offering quality primary care, behavioral health treatment and supportive services in East Harlem, New York. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and supported by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and the National Health Services Corp (NHSC), CCHP serves many of New York City’s most vulnerable and underserved communities.
CCHP’s family-focused approach includes an array of specialty services: internal medicine, pediatrics, HIV/AIDS and HCV prevention and treatment, behavioral health, substance use treatment, health education, and our groundbreaking Early Childhood Development Center. For over 50 years, we continue to serve the imminent needs of the community, regardless of one’s race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexuality, age, or ability to pay.
At the Center for Comprehensive Health Practice, we believe that comprehensive, family-focused care is an important tool in improving one’s health and well-being. Through a model of physical and behavioral health, early childhood development, and substance use treatment services, our staff treats all the needs of our patients in one office setting. Through a welcoming environment, combined with our kind, compassionate and experienced staff, CCHP provides a unique setting that feels more like a community than a traditional doctor’s office.
Leading the way in community mental health treatment, Dr. Richard Brotman founded the Center for Comprehensive Health Practice (CCHP) over 50 years ago. Following the passage of the Community Mental Health Centers Act of 1963, CCHP staff established the Division of Community Mental Health at New York Medical College, and played a crucial role in the establishment of the nation’s first federally funded community mental health center at Metropolitan Hospital.
From its very beginning, CCHP carried out cutting-edge research in substance use treatment, primary care, and supportive services. Beginning in the 1970’s, CCHP incorporated interdisciplinary primary care into its model, with physicians and clinicians from multiple disciplines working side-by-side to address both the medical and psychosocial issues affecting each person. Through this model, our providers and counselors recognized the importance of case management needs, such as vocational services to enhance a successful substance use treatment and integrated these services into its treatment model.