The Urban Resource Institute (URI) was incorporated in 1980
as a minority-operated, not-for-profit organization to assist
in the resolution of problems that impact the lives of urban
minority populations in New York City. One of the goals that
URI has developed in pursuit of its mission is to design and
implement interventions that will provide direct services
to communities and effect resolution of the problem being
addressed. URI is particularly interested in serving those
populations that are either unpopular among social service
agencies or that are 'hard-to-treat,' including severely to
profoundly developmentally disabled individuals, dually addicted/dependent
individuals, homeless individuals, battered women and their
children, developmentally and physically disabled young adults
and persons with AIDS and/or drug-resistant tuberculosis.
URI's philosophy closely corresponds with its mission. Since
its inception, URI has addressed itself to ameliorating the
myriad social problems impacting upon inner-city communities
of New York. This philosophy has continually guided URI in
the development of programs and services for the neediest
sectors of society, with comprehensive case management and
an interdisciplinary approach to treatment planning serving
as cornerstones of all programs. Services are provided within
a culturally relevant and multi-modality framework, and administered
by compassionate, culturally and racially similar professionals
who are sensitive to the needs of their clients. The services
offered by URI are not only consistent with its mission and
philosophy, they are primarily driven by the needs presented
by its service population. As a direct service provider, URI
is better able to identify the problems and issues immediately
affecting its service population than distant governmental
agencies, and therefore, is in a better position to design
interventions which directly address those issues.
URI also manages the Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation
( ARTC), a closely affiliated not-for-profit organization.
Founded in 1969, ARTC has helped more than 30,000 New Yorkers
overcome addiction, and is one of America's leading treatment
programs. Widely recognized for innovative treatment models
offering a continuum of care for persons suffering multiple
addictions in an environment of social and economic dislocation.
URI was formed by ARTC to address the unmet psycho-social
needs of its service population. Beny J. Primm, MD. is the
President of URI and the Executive Director of ARTC.
URI currently operates the following programs:
Marguerite T. Saunders Urban Center for Alcoholism
and Addiction Services (MS-UCAS)
A comprehensive day treatment program for those dependent
on/or abusing alcohol and/or other substances specializing
in services for those enrolled in methadone maintenance treatment
programs, Comprehensive social services, medical services,
psychiatric services and lunch are offered on-site.
Urban women's Retreat(UWR), Urban Women's New Beginnings,
Urban Women's Safe Haven
Emergency homeless shelters with a total of 111 efficiency
apartments for 301 battered women and their children.
Linden House and Beny J. Primm Residence
Intermediate care facilities (ICFs) that provide a supervised
residential setting and comprehensive care for twenty-five
(25) mentally retarded and developmentally disabled adults,
whose impairment ranges from moderate to profound.
Urban Center for Change (UCC)
Transitional housing for 117 battered women and their children
who have either exhausted their stay at an emergency shelter
or have not been able to secure permanent housing.
Urban Center for the Developmentally Disabled (UCDD)
A job skills training, job placement and work support program
for developmentally disabled young adults, many of whom have
'aged out' of special education. All trainees are guaranteed
job placements upon completion of their training.
Urban Transportation Project (UTP)
Provides daily round-trip transportation services for approximately
200 mentally retarded and developmentally disabled persons
between their residences and day programs throughout the four
boroughs, excluding Staten Island.
Domestic Violence Legal Education
and Advocacy Program (LEAP)
The Urban Resource Institute’s (URI) Domestic Violence
Legal Education and Advocacy Program (LEAP) provides legal
assistance and consultation to the clients and staff of the
agency’s four domestic violence shelters.
This is done by:
- Providing URI’s shelter residents with immediate access
to legal information, advocacy and resources regarding criminal
justice, family court and immigration issues.
- Representing immigrant survivors of domestic violence by
preparing and filing Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitions,
battered spouse waivers, U visa petitions, and applications
for work authorization and adjustment of status.
- Collaborating with the district attorney’s office
and clients’ family court and criminal court attorneys
in order to address specific legal needs.
- Advocating on behalf of clients with the local police precincts
to ensure that incidents of abuse are reported and documented
- Consulting with shelter staff on legal issues relevant
to clients and securing legal representation when needed.
- Facilitating educational workshops and trainings for clients
and shelter staff.
- Producing written educational materials to expand the legal
knowledge of our clients and shelter staff.
LEAP focuses primarily on legal matters that affect women
and children, which include, but are not limited to:
- Orders of protection
- Custody and Visitation
- Child Support
- Public Benefits
- Criminal justice
LEAP provides technical assistance and training to community
members and service providers regarding domestic violence
and the legal system. LEAP also offers internships to college
and law students. For more information, email Jennifer White,
Esq., LEAP Director at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (718) 421-4035.
For more information, please visit URI's official website:
ARTC's official website: artcny.org