State Seeks Proposals for New Facilities that Will Offer New York City Teens and Young Adults Help in Recovering from Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Action Coincides with National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week – From January 23 through January 29
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services issued a Request for Proposals to develop and operate four new adolescent addiction Clubhouses in Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Brooklyn. The new Clubhouses will provide a safe and inviting place for youth and young adults in recovery or at risk for addiction to develop social skills that promote long-term health, wellness, recovery and a drug-free lifestyle.
“These facilities are critical to improving the lives of our youth struggling with addiction,” Governor Cuomo said. “By providing more safe places to access services and support, we are taking another step forward in helping these adolescents get on the road to recovery and creating a healthier, stronger New York for all.”
“When I travel the state, I hear devastating stories from parents and community leaders about heroin, opioids, and other drugs taking young people’s lives and shattering families,” said Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, Co-Chair of the Heroin Task Force. “Governor Cuomo is leading the fight against this epidemic with forward-thinking, community-based approaches to treatment and prevention like the new Clubhouses.”
Organizations responding to this RFP will have the opportunity to develop and implement a Youth Clubhouse for adolescents (ages 12-17) or young adults (ages 18-21), who have or are at risk of developing an addiction. Mandatory Letters of Intent to Bid are due February 8, and responses to the RFP are due April 10, 2017.
To view the RFP, click here.
To date, 11 clubhouses have successfully opened or are in the process of opening across the state.
“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, OASAS is working hard to ensure that the necessary education and support systems are available to treat addiction,” said NYS OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez. “Prevention is a big part of this effort, and we are ensuring that help and hope are available through our large provider network, youth clubhouses across the State, and other support services and programs.”
The funding awarded furthers Governor Andrew Cuomo’s comprehensive efforts to combat addiction and support recovery in communities throughout the State. The Youth Clubhouse model enhances the development of this system for young people by:
- Providing a community-based, non-clinical setting that is safe, welcoming, and alcohol/drug free;
- Offering participants the opportunity to work with each other to achieve personal and common goals related to recovery from addiction; and
- Promoting long-term recovery through skill building, recreation, education, wellness, evidence-based prevention activities and a number of other pro-social activities.
Clubhouses are built upon a core of peer-driven supports and services that encourage and promote a drug-free lifestyle. Through participation in a Clubhouse, adolescent youth and/or young adults gain the opportunity to rejoin the worlds of friendships, family, community, employment, and education. The Clubhouse will also offer the services and supports adolescent youth and/or young adults may individually need to progress in their recovery. The model provides a restorative environment for young people whose lives have been disrupted because of their addiction and who would like the support of others in recovery. It also offers a safe environment for young people looking for opportunities to engage socially with peers.
The Governor also recognized National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, which runs from January 23 – 29. This week-long health observance, organized by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), both part of the National Institutes of Health, provides an opportunity for teens to learn the facts about drugs, alcohol and addiction.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people are most likely to begin abusing drugs—including tobacco, alcohol, and illegal and prescription drugs—during adolescence and young adulthood. By the time they are seniors, almost 70 percent of high school students will have tried alcohol, half will have taken an illegal drug, nearly 40 percent will have smoked a cigarette, and more than 20 percent will have used a prescription drug for a nonmedical purposes.
Evidence-based prevention strategies are a key component of the OASAS mission to improve the lives of New Yorkers by leading a premier system of addiction services through prevention, treatment, recovery. There is at least one prevention provider in every one of the 62 counties across the State. Additionally there are prevention providers in more than 1,800 schools across New York. There are also Prevention Resource Centers (PRCS) serving every region in the State, with the role of supporting and sustaining community coalitions that are focused on local prevention efforts. These PRCs work in partnership with more than 115 coalitions in nearly 50 Drug-free Communities throughout New York State – from Long Island and New York City to the Canadian border.
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 this 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.