The Prevention Council of Saratoga County will be setting up a network of Recovery Community and Outreach Centers to serve the Southern Adirondack/Capital region in New York State.

It is one of six agencies announced today by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, with $10.5 million in funding over five years to support communities across New York. The new centers, funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, will provide health, wellness and other critical support for individuals and families who are recovering from a substance use disorder or are seeking recovery services.

As described by OASAS, The Recovery Community and Outreach Centers will provide a community-based, non-clinical setting that is safe, welcoming and alcohol/drug-free for any member of the community. Each recovery center will respond to the local area’s specific needs related to obtaining substance abuse treatment services and addiction recovery supports. The centers will promote long-term recovery through skill building, recreation, wellness education, employment readiness, civic restoration opportunities, and other social activities. Services will be accessible not only during the daytime hours, but also during evening and weekends, to meet the needs of individuals and families who may be in need of assistance at varying hours.

The Prevention Council collaborated with the HFM Prevention Council, public health services across several counties, county mental health services, RAIS (Recovery Advocacy in Saratoga), Friends of Recovery – Warren, Washington, Young People in Recovery and many other community health agencies. Prevention Council’s Executive Director Janine Stuchin explains, “We have extensive support and enthusiasm across our communities to create a unique and comprehensive recovery support service.  Our existing recovery community is engaged and ready to contribute as well.”

Ms. Stuchin makes the analogy, “This network of recovery community centers will assist families and individuals living with the chronic illness of addiction in much the way the American Lung Association, American Diabetes Association assists those living with diabetes and lung disease or cancer.   These are all chronic conditions that require changes for individuals and families.  The support, resources and services provided by these associations increases the chance for success and a healthy life.    We plan to do the same for those living with the disease of addiction.  It is a treatable condition, there are many people living in our communities in long term recovery.   Our anticipated services will increase the number of those doing so and improve the quality of life for individuals, families and our communities.”

Ann Rhodes, Executive Director of HFM Prevention Council adds, “This partnership compliments our new Creative Connections Clubhouse which provides recovery services to youth in Amsterdam.”

The Recovery Community and Outreach Centers project will be funded for 5 years for a total of $1.75 million and will serve 6 counties: Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington. It is anticipated that the region will have on-site services located at 3 locations across the area; with services to be operating within 6 months of contracts signed.

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