May 4, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces the Opening of Recovery Center in Staten Island

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of the Next Step Resource and Recovery Center in Staten Island. The center, which is operated by Community Health Action of Staten Island, will provide 24/7 access to services and information for people in recovery from a substance use disorder and their families. The center is funded by a $1.75 million grant from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

"Addiction is a disease that devastates the lives of those it touches and it is critical that we offer the necessary tools to help New Yorkers end the cycle of substance abuse," Governor Cuomo said. "The vital services and support provided by Next Step will help Staten Islanders in need get on the road to recovery and reclaim their lives."

The Next Step Resource and Recovery Center will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to give Staten Islanders easy access to information and rapid connection to services. It will provide people a range of free recovery support services, such as peer coaching, skill building, recreation, wellness education, employment readiness and social activities, in a safe, welcoming, and substance-free environment. In addition to the OASAS-funded program, the site is home to a pre-arraignment diversion initiative for individuals arrested for low-level drug possession; a peer-delivered, emergency department intervention for people who have experienced a non-fatal opioid overdose; and drug user health hub services.

"Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York has taken bold and aggressive action to tackle the substance abuse crisis head on, but we also have to ensure that the necessary supports are available to help people recover from addiction," said Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, co-chair of the Governor's task force to combat heroin and opioid addiction. "The new Next Step Resource and Recovery Center in Staten Island will be an invaluable resource to individuals and families in this community as they start down the road to recovery, providing peer support and helping them connect with the services they need."

Recovery centers are part of the Governor’s multi-prong approach to addressing substance use disorders in New York State. They promote long-term recovery by providing professional staff, peers and volunteers to engage and support people in their recovery.

OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said, “Treatment alone is not enough to win the battle against addiction; we need recovery services too. Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York State is expanding the recovery system, with centers opening across the state. The new CHASI Resource and Recovery Center will provide Staten Islanders with a substance use disorder the tools they need to remain healthy and substance-free over the long term."

Diane Arneth, CHASI’s Executive Director said, "We are committed to working with our partners at OASAS to expand accessibility to the comprehensive continuum of substance use disorder services for individuals and families. Through 24-hour walk-in access to information, crisis intervention, professional and peer counseling, referrals, and robust programming to support people in recovery, we are here to help people when they are ready to take that next step."

Next Step Resource and Recovery Center is located at 26 Bay Street in the St. George neighborhood on Staten Island. The center is easily accessible by ferry terminal, multiple bus routes and the Staten Island Rapid Transit.

Senator Diane Savino said, "Today, Governor Cuomo and our community partners re-affirm our commitment to help those on the road to recovery from substance abuse. This facility, offering a plethora of services, will be another cornerstone in the foundation Staten Island is building in our battle against substance abuse. I am confident that CHASI will continue to be a leader in the City for servicing those in need."

Senator Andrew Lanza said, "It is vitally important that we address the substance addiction crisis at every level. Treatment is is a critical piece of the equation and providers like Community Health Action of Staten Island are an important part of the solution."

Assemblyman Michael Cusick said, "As with all efforts made by public officials and organizations to provide support for victims and families of substance abuse, I welcome any facility that comes to Staten Island to aid in recovery. The importance of having a specialized care available 24/7 will come as a relief for families that need service available at all hours."

Assemblyman Matthew Titone said, "Community Health Action has an excellent record of providing services and working with the community. This center is a much needed resource in our efforts to combat the substance abuse epidemic that is ravaging our island."

Borough President James Oddo said, "As I have said over and over again, the opioid epidemic requires the active participation of all levels of government, and we must attack it on all fronts. The Next Step Resource and Recovery Center will serve as a vital resource for those stuck in the throes of addiction and for their families. Those in crisis need direction and a connection to what services are available. This Center will provide that."

District Attorney Michael McMahon said, "The opening of this community-based recovery center comes at a crucial time for Staten Island. Almost every day, another family must bear the tragedy of losing a loved one to the disease of addiction. It is imperative that we provide constant, around-the-clock care to those suffering from substance abuse illness in order to overcome this epidemic and save lives. I applaud Governor Cuomo and NYS OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez for opening this 24/7 recovery center, which will also greatly benefit our efforts to help people through our new Heroin, Overdose, Prevention and Education program."

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 at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369).

Available addiction treatment including crisis/detox, inpatient, community residence, or outpatient care can be found using the new and improved NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at FindAddictionTreatment.ny.gov or through the Access Treatment page on the NYS OASAS website. Visit the #CombatAddiction website at oasas.ny.gov/CombatAddiction to learn more about how you can help to #CombatAddiction in your community.

Visit www.combatheroin.ny.gov for more 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 tools to use in talking to a young person about preventing alcohol or drug use, visit the State’s Talk2Prevent website. 

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