The Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation (ARTC) announced today that it will do everything in its power to assist patients who have been forced to find a new drug treatment provider following the pending shutdown of Gramercy Park Medical Group.
ARTC joined a coalition of approximately 5 drug treatment programs to provide on-site referral information to more than 300 persons enrolled in the Gramercy Park program located on Third Avenue and 21st Street in Manhattan. Denied the permission to expand its facilities and services at its current location, Gramercy has opted to close its doors, leaving patients scrambling to find emergency support services. Gramercy’s closure may come as soon as Friday, May 11th according to its Chief Operating Officer Mr. Ron Vlasaty.
Lawrence Brown, M.D., ARTC’s Executive Director, described the situation as “critical.” “At this point,” he said, “it’s all about the patients, many of whom have centered their lives around the services provided at Gramercy and the healing relationships that have been cultivated with Gramercy care-givers”. “ARTC staff is on the ground at Gramercy,” he said, “making sure that as many patients as possible have the information required to effectively transfer to an ARTC clinic, so they can continue to receive appropriate treatment without delay”.
ARTC operates 7 drug treatment facilities at locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan. ARTC is Licensed by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
Press Release: May 8, 2012
Contact: Charles Bailey, Director of Public Affairs
For More Reading on why Gramercy Park Services had to close, see this article.