The Office of the Governor of the State of New York

08/20/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/20/2019 10:59

New Recovery Center in Nanuet to Provide Free Services

Governor Andrew M. Cuomotoday announced the opening of the Foundations Recovery Center in Nanuet. The recovery center is operated by the Rockland Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence and will provide free support and services for people in recovery from substance use disorders and their families. The center is receiving more than $87,000 in startup funding and approximately $350,000 in annual operational funding awarded to New York State through the federal State Opioid Response Grant. This funding is being administered by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

'Communities across the nation have felt the impact of the addiction crisis, and the Mid-Hudson region is no exception,' Governor Cuomosaid. 'Facilities like the Foundations Recovery Center are crucial to combating this crisis on every level throughout the state and ensuring these important services are available to all New Yorkers.'

'We are taking an aggressive, multi-pronged approach to addressing the opioid epidemic with investments in treatment services, recovery centers, and increasing public awareness,' said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Co-Chair of the Heroin and Opioid Task Force, who spoke at today's event. 'The Foundations Recovery Center, operated by the Rockland Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, will provide free support and services to individuals and families struggling with drug use in Rockland County. Upgrades to the center will ensure the expansion of services ranging from recovery meetings, wellness activities, and social events. This center is part of our ongoing efforts to make sure all New Yorkers have access to high-quality treatment and services to help save lives and combat the epidemic once and for all.'

'Recovery Centers like this one offer safe, substance-free environments for people in recovery from addiction,' OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said. 'This new facility will give more people in the Mid-Hudson region the chance to receive the important support that they need and will help them build a life in recovery.'

The Foundations Recovery Center offers numerous activities to support recovery, including mutual aid supports and recovery meetings, including some in Spanish, skill-building and job trainings workshops, wellness activities, social events, and recreational activities. The facility will also employ several recovery coaches, who will work with people in recovery on developing a recovery plan, and meeting their individual recovery needs. The Foundations Recovery Center has also established several community and judicial partnerships to help people in crisis receive referrals to treatment.

Senator David Carlucci, Chair of the New York State Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, said, 'Rockland and Westchester Counties continue to see Opioid related deaths, which is why it is imperative that we provide residents with another Recovery Center in the Hudson Valley. A Recovery Center could be the difference between life and death for people struggling with drug addiction or substance abuse. As the first place a person may go for support and critical services, we are ensuring people get the help they need and working to foster recovery and not relapse.'

Assembly Member Kenneth P. Zebrowski said, 'Unfortunately, far too many communities across New York State have felt the devastation of the opioid crisis. These recovery centers are crucial to combatting addiction and Foundations will fill a gap in Rockland and the Mid-Hudson region for these services. Foundations will connect individuals with their peers that are struggling with the same challenges and provide the necessary support that goes beyond treatment to eventually overcome addition. It's the life-saving work of recovery centers like these that will chip away and help to finally end this crisis.'

Recovery centers are part of the Governor's ongoing efforts to address substance use disorders in New York State. They promote long-term recovery by providing professional staff, peers and volunteers to engage and support people in their recovery.

Since taking office, Governor Cuomo has instituted an aggressive, multi-pronged approach to addressing the opioid epidemic and created a nation-leading continuum of addiction care with full prevention, treatment and recovery services. To combat this epidemic, the Governor has worked to expand access to traditional services, including crisis services, inpatient, outpatient and residential treatment programs, as well as medication-assisted treatment and mobile treatment and transportation services.

In 2016, Governor Cuomo's Heroin Task Force recommended new, non-traditional services, including recovery centers, youth clubhouses, expanded peer services and 24/7 open access centers, which provide immediate assessments and referrals to care. These services have since been established in numerous communities around the state and have helped people in need access care closer to where they live.

The Governor has advanced legislative and regulatory reform to enable people to get treatment faster by eliminating many insurance restrictions, as well as legislation to reduce most opioid prescriptions from 30 days to seven days and legislation to increase training and education for prescribers. Governor Cuomo has also taken action to combat patient brokering and fraudulent addiction treatment services.

The Governor has also worked to increase training and availability of naloxone, resulting in more than 420,000 individuals in New York State being trained and equipped with the opioid overdose reversal medication. Through Governor Cuomo's actions, pharmacies around New York State are now able to provide naloxone without a prescription.

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).

The center is located at 25 Smith Street, Suite 108, Nanuet NY 10954.

Available addiction treatment including crisis/detox, inpatient, community residence, or outpatient care can be found using the NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at FindAddictionTreatment.ny.gov or through the NYS OASAS website. Visit CombatAddiction.ny.gov to learn more about the warning signs of addiction, review information on how to get help, and access resources on how to facilitate conversations with loved ones and communities about addiction. For tools to use in talking to a young person about preventing alcohol or drug use, visit the state's Talk2Prevent website.