July 10, 2019
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of Youth Clubhouse in New York City

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First Clubhouse on Staten Island Will Offer Safe, Substance-Free, Peer-Supported Environment for Young People Affected by Addiction

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the new "Staying Healthy" youth clubhouse on Staten Island to help young people who have been affected by addiction. The Clubhouse will provide a place for young people in recovery or at risk of addiction to develop social skills that promote long-term health, wellness and a drug-free lifestyle. The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services is contributing more than $240,000 to support the operation of this facility.

"As communities across New York State struggle with addiction, we remain steadfast in our commitment to expanding and enhancing services so that all New Yorkers impacted by this disease have the resources they need to live healthy, drug-free lives," Governor Cuomo said. "With the opening of this new youth clubhouse, we are providing the Staten Island community another critical tool to help combat this crisis and pave the way forward for New Yorkers on the road to recovery."

"We are taking bold and aggressive action to tackle the substance abuse crisis in New York," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Co-Chair of the State Heroin and Opioid Task Force. "The opening of this new youth clubhouse on Staten Island will expand services in the area and help to ensure that those struggling with addiction have access to lifesaving treatment and support. We are committed to paving the road to recovery for countless individuals in need, ensuring they live healthier and safer lives."

The "Staying Healthy" clubhouse will serve young people ages 12-17, and participants will have the opportunity to learn employment skills, receive help with school work and participate in recreational activities. OASAS clubhouses provide a community-based, non-clinical setting for promoting long-term recovery through skill building, recreation, education, wellness, evidence-based prevention programs and other social activities. Clubhouse participants also work with and support each other to achieve personal and recovery-specific goals.

The clubhouse is located at 1268 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302. This is the first youth clubhouse in Staten Island, and with the opening of this facility there is now at least one clubhouse in each borough of New York City. Overall, this is the 18th clubhouse to open its doors in New York State.

OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said, "Youth clubhouses provide important services for young people affected by addiction, making a positive impact in their lives and in the community where they are located. This new facility will give young people a chance to receive the support of their peers and find the resources they need to live a life in recovery."

Representative Max Rose said, "Across New York, few communities have been harder hit by the opioid epidemic than Staten Island. That's why it's so important that we stay at the forefront of innovative solutions to address this crisis, and programs like the clubhouse are the perfect example of that. I want to thank the Governor for recognizing this need and for his continued to commitment to making sure we have all the tools we need to confront this crisis."

Senator Andrew Lanza said, "Prevention is key to solving the ongoing opioid epidemic. Camelot's Staying Healthy Clubhouse will have an immediate positive impact on our community by offering youth a safe place to learn and grow with their peers. I was proud to sit with Governor Cuomo in 2016 for the announcement of the creation of the State's Heroin Task Force, and am glad to see the Task Force's youth clubhouse recommendation being put into place." 

Senator Diane Savino said, "Thank you to Governor Cuomo on bringing this peer supportive program to the borough of Staten Island. As the epicenter of the heroin epidemic, we need all the tools available to fight all forms of addiction. I am sure this center will provide another outlet for young people in our community receive the support they need." 

Assembly Member Charles D. Fall said, "I applaud Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Commissioner Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Service (OASAS) for opening the first 'Staying Healthy' youth clubhouse in the North Shore of Staten Island. Providing a place for young people in recovery or at risk of addiction to develop the skills to promote long-term health and a drug-free lifestyle is the right approach to combat our national, state and Staten Island's battle against drug addiction."

Assembly Member Michael Cusick said, "The creation of the first youth clubhouse on Staten Island is a welcomed addition to the many multifaceted efforts to curb addiction through early prevention. As part of our overall plan to fight the opioid epidemic, this location will establish a safe place to nurture self-worth and forge meaningful social relationships that will foster a support system for our youth to rely on. I commend Governor Cuomo and OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez for their foresight in recognizing the importance of early preventative measures."

Staten Island Borough President James Oddo said, "I am thankful to see this 'Stay Healthy' Clubhouse coming to Staten Island and commend Governor Cuomo and NYS OASAS for their work in the fight against the opioid epidemic. This crisis continues to rage on across our Borough, and it does not discriminate. I hope the Staten Island youth affected by the opioid crisis will take advantage of these services and avoid the pain that comes with a life of addiction."

District Attorney Michael E. McMahon said, "As we continue to fight against this devastating drug epidemic on Staten Island - locking up dangerous dealers and offering more treatment services for those in need - we must also do everything in our power to ensure young people affected by addiction have a myriad of resources at their fingertips to overcome this terrible illness. This new clubhouse will offer exactly that - a much-needed and positive outlet for the youth of Staten Island to embrace recovery and a drug-free lifestyle. Governor Cuomo, OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez, and Camelot Counseling Services have been tremendous partners in our mission to overcome this drug crisis, and I thank them for bringing this facility to Staten Island."

Since taking office, Governor Cuomo has instituted an aggressive, multi-pronged approach to addressing the opioid epidemic, and created a nation-leading continuum of addiction care with full prevention, treatment and recovery services. To combat this epidemic, the Governor has worked to expand access to traditional services, including crisis services, inpatient, outpatient, and residential treatment programs, as well as medication assisted treatment and mobile treatment and transportation services.

In 2016, Governor Cuomo's Heroin Task Force recommended new, non-traditional services, including recovery centers, youth clubhouses, expanded peer services and 24/7 open access centers, which provide immediate assessments and referrals to care. These services have since been established in numerous communities around the state, and have helped people in need access care closer to where they live. 

The Governor has advanced legislative and regulatory reform to enable people to get treatment faster by eliminating many insurance restrictions, as well as legislation to reduce most opioid prescriptions from 30 days to seven days, and legislation to increase training and education for prescribers. Governor Cuomo has also taken action to combat patient brokering and fraudulent addiction treatment services.

The Governor has also worked to increase training and availability of naloxone, resulting in more than 420,000 individuals in New York State being trained and equipped with the opioid overdose reversal medication. Through Governor Cuomo's actions, pharmacies around New York State are now able to provide naloxone without a prescription.

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 NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at FindAddictionTreatment.ny.gov or through the NYS OASAS website. Visit CombatAddiction.ny.gov to learn more about the warning signs of addiction, review information on how to get help, and access resources on how to facilitate conversations with loved ones and communities about addiction. 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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