The mission of the Center for Comprehensive Health Practice (CCHP) is the advancement of community-based health care which addresses physical, emotional and social factors through a team-practice approach. This emphasis on a team approach to patient care is essential to the translation of the organization's mission into practice. Staff integration across disciplines encourages a differential diagnosis and treatment response, which results in more comprehensive, individualized, accessible, and patient-centered care. This approach also tends to identify patient strengths rather than just pathology, thereby highlighting the roles patients can play in their own care.
CCHP is incorporated in New York State as a not-for-profit entity and is governed by a Board of Directors. CCHP is licensed by the New York State Department of Health as an Article 28 diagnostic and treatment center. Substance abuse services are provided under licenses from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Medical student education is conducted under an academic affiliation with New York Medical College.
The communities most directly served are located in Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx. The aim is to serve the broader community, but with a special concern for people who are poor and/or underserved because of the kinds of problems they face. The Center is dedicated not only to serving individuals but also to focusing on their interactions with others, especially their families. Attention is given both to the special problems families sometimes present and to the unique support family members often have to offer each other.