New Clubhouses Will Promote Recovery and Provide Peer Support for Young Adults Seeking to Lead Substance-Free Lives
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today awarded nearly $1 million in funding to establish four new addiction support centers, known as youth clubhouses, in New York City. The clubhouses will provide addiction prevention and recovery services to young adults struggling with substance abuse. The clubhouses, to be located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, are part of the Governor's multi-pronged efforts to combat addiction in New York State.
"The impacts of addiction are devastating and we will continue to provide addiction and recovery services to all New Yorkers in need until the fight against this epidemic is won," Governor Cuomo said. "I am proud of the work we have done in providing addiction services across the state and these clubhouses are yet another tool we can utilize to help these individuals lead healthy, substance-free lives where they can reach their full potential."
"We're leading in our efforts to combat the heroin/opioid epidemic in New York State, a crisis that is impacting more than one million New Yorkers," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Co-Chair of the Heroin and Opioid Abuse Task Force. "This investment to establish new recovery clubhouses is another step to help prevent and treat addiction in New York City's outer boroughs. These clubhouses will provide quality services to help our young people who are struggling with addiction and their families to make their lives better and healthier."
Youth clubhouses provide a community-based, non-clinical setting to promote long-term recovery through skill building, recreation, education, wellness, evidence-based prevention programs, and other social activities. With this new funding, there will be 15 youth clubhouses operating across the state, including one in every region of upstate New York and every New York City borough.
The following programs were selected to receive funding through a request for proposals issued by OASAS in 2017:
- Mosholu Montefiore Community Center, $250,000
- Housing Works, $250,000
- Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities, $250,000
- Camelot of Staten Island Inc., $241,150
OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said, "Youth clubhouses provide young people a safe haven that supports their sobriety. Thanks to Governor Cuomo's leadership and commitment to fighting addiction in New York State, we are giving young people a place where they can be supported by their peers on their path to recovery."
Senator George Amedore, Chair of the Senate Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse said, "Youth clubhouses have had positive impacts in communities throughout New York State by providing vital services and support to young people on the path to recovery, and I'm glad to see this successful model expanded to even more communities."
Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, Chair of the New York State Assembly Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse said, "No one should feel like they are on their own when they try to break the grip of substance use disorder. Youth clubhouses can serve as well-supported local outlets for youth with few other dependable resources to get the recovery and treatment support they desperately need. We must continue to build out our state's harm reduction infrastructure, so that every New Yorker, regardless of age, has a community-based outlet for support. Through rollout of rigorously evaluated models like youth clubhouses and supervised consumption sites, we can finally turn the corner as a state and properly tackle this epidemic."
Senator Diane Savino said, "Clubhouses provide our youth a place to feel safe, to get the help they need and to feel supported by their peers. I'm pleased that Staten Island will have the funding it needs to get our youth important services as we combat opioid and heroin addiction across New York State."
Senator Jose Peralta said, "Clubhouses provide a secure, safe environment for young adults struggling with substance abuse. As a society, we have the responsibility to ensure we offer them services and tools to fight their addictions in non-clinical surroundings. I want to applaud Governor Cuomo for his efforts to help young people combat addiction, especially for selecting Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities, located in the district, to establish one of the four clubhouses that will offer prevention and recovery resources."
Senator Andrew Lanza said, “This funding plays a vital part in a multi-pronged approach to combat and treat substance abuse among young adults. I thank Governor Cuomo for providing Camelot with this funding so they can continue to provide those with addiction with the services they need.”
Senator Martin Malavé Dilan said, "Connecting with the person under the addict is what begins recovery. It is breaking a cycle. We must provide every opportunity and option we can to help families break this cycle. We have to empower communities to defend itself from the downward spiral of addiction. Governor Cuomo is giving Brooklyn a critical tool in this effort."
Senator Jamaal Bailey said, "New creative ways like Youth Clubhouses are a great way to battle substance abuse. MMCC is an excellent program in my community with a record of accomplishment, participating helping those that need it the most. The resources provided by this new initiative will be vital to the recovery of our young people. I want to thank the Governor for his leadership on this issue."
Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry said, "Perhaps now more than ever our kids need safe places to go where they can make friends and develop social networks, knowing they will support each other in being substance free. I'm thrilled that another such community will be developing under the OASAS Youth Clubhouses program that will be operated at Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities in Corona, Queens."
Assemblyman Michael Cusick said, "While Staten Island continues to work to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic in our borough, creating safe spaces for our youth will play a significant role in helping to promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. For many years, Camelot on Staten Island, Inc. has provided services and served as a haven for individuals suffering from addiction. Now, Camelot will be a designated clubhouse and offer additional services to our youth population looking for a support system during their time of need. I commend Governor Cuomo for taking the initiative to address this epidemic and provide Staten Islanders with this much-needed service."
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said, "The substance abuse epidemic is a critically serious problem and demands a coordinated and comprehensive response. The establishment of these four youth clubhouses, including the Queens clubhouse that will be run by Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities, is a key part of that response and will help many young people achieve long-term recovery from addiction. Governor Cuomo deserves to be commended for his strong commitment to funding local organizations that are on the ground working to provide addiction prevention and recovery services to young adults."
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 or through the Access Treatment page on the NYS OASAS website. Visit the #CombatAddiction website 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.