The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) today announced the opening of a new Recovery Center in Albany, operated by Second Chance Opportunities. The center provides free addiction services and support for people and their families who have been affected by addiction. OASAS is providing $350,000 to support operation of this facility. This money is part of the federal State Opioid Response Grant funding awarded to New York State.
"We are committed to investing in new recovery centers across the state to help ensure individuals and families struggling with addiction have the care and support they need," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Co-Chair of the NYS Heroin and Opioid Task Force. "The opening of the Second Chance Opportunities Recovery Center in Albany will provide free addiction services and long-term care with dedicated staff, peers, and volunteers. The center will also house job training and workforce development programs, with Second Chance Opportunities providing employment opportunities for individuals. We still have more work to do, but recovery centers like these are helping to save lives and advance our efforts to combat the crisis once and for all."
"Recovery centers are an important part of the addiction care that is available here in New York, and thanks to Governor Cuomo's work to expand these services, more New Yorkers are able to access critical support designed to enhance their long-term recovery," OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said. "This new center will further expand the availability of these important services here in the Capital Region, and support our ongoing efforts to bring nation-leading addiction care to people in every region of New York State."
Recovery centers are designed to promote long-term recovery with professional staff, peers, and volunteers, who provide multiple services to engage and support people in recovery. The Second Chance Opportunities Recovery Center will provide job training and skill development workshops, recovery support sessions, and substance-free recreational activities. Additionally, Second Chance Opportunities operates a cleaning company that offers employment opportunities for their clients.
The Second Chance Opportunities Recovery Center is located at 55 Colvin Ave, Albany NY 12206.
Senator Neil Breslin said, "The new Second Chance Opportunities in Albany will help families all across the Capital Region who are affected by addiction. The free services and support that are provided at recovery centers are critical to the success of an individuals efforts in battling addiction. I applaud The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services for efforts in this important fight."
Assemblymember Patricia Fahy said, "Recovery centers are key in the frontline battle against the opioid epidemic and improving accessibility to these kinds of resources is crucial to their effectiveness in the long-term. I commend the Governor and the New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse (OASAS) for continuing to invest in long-term solutions to combat the opioid crisis here in New York State. Expanding access for all New Yorkers to have the resources and services they need is critically important in combating the opioid epidemic."
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 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.