1727 Amsterdam Avenue

New York, New York 10031

(corner of 145th Street and Amsterdam Avenue)

William Witherspoon, Executive Director

( 212) 694-9200



The Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center delivers a broad range of services which address mental health and substance abuse issues with a major focus on residents of Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood, working with children/adolescents and their families as well as adults and senior citizens. The Center’s services include emergency services, substance abuse services, geriatric services, children services and residential services.

The Center’s programs include:

Halfway House

This twenty-bed residence for adult men and women provides a structured living environment as part of a continuum of care for residents seeking recovery from alcoholism and chemical dependency. Individuals come to this program, having completed inpatient rehabilitation treatment. Residents participate in outpatient treatment, 12 step groups and educational or job training programs.

Food Pantry Program

Emergency food relief is available for community residents who are experiencing temporary financial difficulties and are in need of food.

Intake/Crisis/Emergency Unit

This unit serves adults and children in need of a psychiatric evaluation, crisis intervention, and treatment and /or referral services.

Hours: Mondays through Fridays, 9 am- 5 pm

Adult Continuing Day Treatment

The Center’s social workers and nurses conduct individual, family and group counseling sessions to clients 18-60 years of age who suffer from serious persistent mental illnesses.  The staff of psychiatrists prescribes and monitors medication. In addition, a specialized unit is dedicated to clinical and case management services for those with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse.

Therapeutic Pre-School Program

This year round program offers educational and clinical services to pre-school children (3 to 5) with emotional or behavioral difficulties, or delays in cognitive/language development. Children are engaged in small, structured classroom settings, weekdays from 9am to 3pm. Parents are required to participate in classroom settings as a part of the family learning process.  Overall, the program prepares children for entry into public or private school as mainstream students.

Eligibility: Ages 3-5

Hours: Mondays through Fridays, 9 am- 3 pm

Child Adolescent Outpatient Clinic

A wide-range of behavioral health care services are available for children and adolescents, and their families who are experiencing psychological distress or behavioral dysfunction. Using individual, group, and family therapies, treatment is sensitive to the racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic differences of youngsters and families. The goal is to promote personal growth and development.