$1M in funding announced for clubhouses to support teens, young adults battling addiction

Credit: KellyB / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Credit: KellyB / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Grant funding totaling $1 million was announced for new clubhouses to support teens and young adults battling addiction.

The governor’s office says the four community-based clubhouses will promote peer-driven supports and services in a non-clinical setting for young New Yorkers in recovery or at risk for substance abuse disorders.

The four clubhouse grant winners are:

The clubhouses will use evidence-based prevention strategies and help individuals in recovery develop social skills that promote prevention, long-term health, wellness, recovery, and an addiction-free lifestyle.

“Peers are a critical component of this model,” said New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez. “By leaning on one another for support these young people are creating healthy, addiction-free communities for the future. Young people who have not had experience with addiction can also participate alongside their peers in recovery. It is my hope that these clubhouses will be safe havens for young people now and into the future.”

The clubhouses will begin offering programs in January 2017.

New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the state’s HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369).

New Yorkers can find an OASAS-certified substance use disorder treatment provider any time by using the OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at FindAddictionTreatment.ny.gov. For additional help with accessing substance use disorder care and obtaining insurance coverage, view short, helpful videos on the Access Treatment page also on www.oasas.ny.gov.

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