December 14, 2016
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $1.75 Million for Five New Centers to Help Those in Recovery From Addiction

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Community and Outreach Centers Now in Every Region of New York State and Every Borough of New York City

Major Component of Governor’s Aggressive, Multi-Pronged Approach to Address Substance Use Disorders

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $1.75 million in funding to support five new Recovery Community and Outreach Centers in communities in Central New York, the Southern Tier, and New York City. This addition brings the total number of recovery centers in the state up to 14, with one in every state economic development zone and in each of the five boroughs of New York City. The new centers will provide health, wellness and other critical support to individuals and families who are recovering from a substance use disorder or are seeking recovery services for a family member or friend.

"Addiction devastates the lives of too many New Yorkers and their families, but recovery from addiction is attainable with the right support," Governor Cuomo said. "New Yorkers in every part of the state will now will have the recovery-focused resources and supports they need to make their recovery possible, bringing us another step closer to a stronger and healthier New York for all."

These model recovery centers are a key piece of Governor’s aggressive, multi-pronged approach to addressing substance use disorders in New York State. The Governor’s Heroin Task Force, launched in May of 2016, heard from New Yorkers throughout the state about the importance of ongoing, locally-based recovery services. These five new centers will respond directly to that need.

The five centers are in addition to the six centers Governor Cuomo announced in June 2016 and three already operational New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services-funded recovery centers in Oneonta, Rochester, and Brooklyn. The centers will engage peers and volunteers to assist those in recovery on their path toward wellness. Center staff will provide resources and host activities that foster a lifetime of wellness for individuals, families and community members.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Co-Chair of the Governor's Task Force to Combat Heroin and Opioid Addiction, said, "Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York has taken bold and aggressive action to tackle the substance abuse crisis head on, and ensuring that the necessary supports are available to help people recover from addiction is an important part of this strategy. These new Recovery and Outreach Centers will be an invaluable resource to individuals and families as they start down the road to recovery, helping them connect with the services they need and providing peer support.”

New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said, "I congratulate these organizations on coming forward to provide recovery-based services in more areas of our state. Addiction is a challenging disease, however, recovery is possible and with these added Recovery Centers even more New Yorkers will get the recovery supports they and their families need."

These five sites, selected through a competitive New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services request for proposal evaluation, will receive $350,000 annually:

Central New York:

Center for Community Alternatives, Inc. in Syracuse

Southern Tier:
Fairview Recovery Services, Inc. in Binghamton

New York City
Odyssey House, Inc. in the Bronx

Let’s Talk Safety, Inc. in Manhattan

Samaritan Daytop Village, Inc. in Queens

The Recovery Community and Outreach Centers will provide a community-based, non-clinical setting that is safe, welcoming and alcohol/drug-free for any member of the community. Each recovery center will respond to the local area’s specific needs related to obtaining substance abuse treatment services and addiction recovery supports. The centers will promote long-term recovery through skill building, recreation, wellness education, employment readiness, civic restoration opportunities, and other social activities. Services will be accessible not only during the daytime hours, but also during evening and weekends, to meet the needs of individuals and families who may be in need of assistance at varying hours.

Recovery center staff will provide assistance to individuals and families to help them navigate the addiction treatment system and secure insurance coverage for various levels of addiction treatment. The centers will also provide an opportunity for individuals and families to connect with peers who are going through similar challenges so that they can benefit from shared experiences and commitment to common goals for recovery. Access to peer advocates, recovery coaches, and addiction peer specialists through these recovery centers will help to further enhance the recovery process.

Senator George Amedore, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, said, "A critical component of addressing the addiction issues that plague our communities is providing strong support services for those who have struggled to overcome addiction and are in recovery. I'm glad to see additional funds helping to open more centers throughout the state. I want to thank OASAS for their continued partnership and support to make sure we have the proper treatment and recovery options available in all of our communities."

Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, Chair of the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, said, “Recovery Centers are a critical component of our ongoing efforts to address the opioid epidemic plaguing our communities. Recovery Centers will help save lives by providing direct support to individuals and their families who are struggling with substance use disorder, and I am pleased that our hard work to secure funding for this expansion is coming to fruition. New York must provide robust recovery supports, including counseling, peer supports and safe and stable housing, to ensure that individuals are able to continue their sobriety.”

Additional Resources

New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the State’s toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week HOPEline, 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or texting HOPENY.

Find an OASAS-certified substance use disorder treatment provider by searching the OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at FindAddictionTreatment.ny.govor by visiting the Access Treatment page on the OASAS website: oasas.ny.gov.

Visit the #CombatAddiction web pages to learn more about how you can help to #CombatAddiction in your community. Visit www.combatheroin.ny.gov for information on addressing heroin and prescription opioid abuse, including a Kitchen Table Tool Kit to help start the conversation about the warning signs of addiction and where to get help.

For additional tools to use in talking to young people about preventing underage drinking or drug use, visit the State’s Talk2Prevent website.

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