We Are a Liaison for Saratoga Residents Looking for Resources and Information About Alcohol, Substance Use, Gambling, and Other Addiction Issues

The Prevention Council does not provide counseling to the general public. We do provide community education, consultations, and referrals.

Community Resources


Phone Friend (3-5:30 pm): 518-371-8255
Teen Talk (5-9 pm): 518-383-4680

Referral and Crisis Lines

Addiction Services Helpline: 1-877-8 HOPE NY
CAPTAIN: 518-371-1185
CAPTAIN Youth Shelter: 800-924-INFO
CHS Youth Shelter program: 399-4624

Counseling: Family Crisis

Mental Health Services: 518-584-9030
Catholic Charities: 518-587-5000
Saratoga Center for the Family: 518-587-8008
Mechanicville Community Center: 518-664-8322

Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Alcoholics Anonymous: 518-587-0407
Alcoholism Services: 518-587-8800
The Prevention Council: 518-581-1230

Child Abuse and Neglect

NYS Child Abuse Hotline: 800-342-3720
Saratoga Center for the Family: 518-587-8008
Child Protective Service: 518-884-4151

Rape, Crisis, STDs, Pregnancy

Rape Crisis Service: 518-587-2336
Planned Parenthood (Saratoga): 518-584-0041
Planned Parenthood (Clifton Park): 518-383-1783
Birthright of Saratoga County: 518-885-4117


Association of Professionals Treating Problem Gambling
Center for Problem Gambling
National Council on Problem Gambling
New York Council on Problem Gambling

New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
McGill University-Youth Gambling International
Youth Bet
Gamblers Anonymous

General and Addiction Resources

Reach Out Recovery

Parent Information

One of The Prevention Council’s major goals is to provide parents with the information they need to raise healthy, substance-free children. Below you’ll find a wealth of information that comes from sources we have found to be reliable.

Parenting & Stress: Developing Your Own Coping Strategies

Raising a child can be one of the most stressful things we do, but there are several strategies that can help you to cope. Building support systems, establishing routines, and making use of professional counseling can all help. Read more.

Additional resources:

Parent University – Click here for a listing of current workshops.
Concerned about Your Teen?
Parenting Tips
Parenting Links
Adolescent Brain Development Links
“Parents Who Host Lose the Most” Initiative