OASAS has established several innovative programs across the state to better meet the needs of New Yorkers. These locally-based services meet individuals and families wherever they are in their path to recovery. In addition to traditional treatment services offered at OASAS Addiction Treatment Centers and OASAS-certified providers, these programs increase access to assessments, referrals, and family support and reduce any barriers to receiving help.
Recovery Centers provide a community-based, non-clinical setting that is safe, welcoming and alcohol/drug-free for the whole community. The centers promote long-term recovery through skill-building, recreation, employment readiness and the opportunity to connect with peers who are going through similar challenges.
They also provide health, wellness and other critical supports to people and families who are in recovery from a substance use disorder or are seeking recovery.
Clubhouses provide a restorative, non-clinical environment for young people whose lives have been disrupted by addiction to connect with others in recovery. Clubhouses are built on a core of peer-driven supports and services that help young people progress in their recovery, by encouraging a drug-free lifestyle.
Clubhouses for Youth cater to ages 12 to 17. Clubhouses for Young Adults cater to ages 18 to 21.
Outreach and Engagement Services
Through the Outreach and Engagement Services: Clinical Model, OASAS certified providers are focused on engaging people in treatment through mobile clinic services — bringing treatment staff into unserved and/or underserved areas; expanding tele-practice sites; and enhanced peer outreach and engagement within the community. Formally known as our Centers of Treatment Innovation (COTI), the OES: Clinical Model has expanded to provide outreach and engagement services throughout the state.
Street Based Model
Building on the success of the OES: Clinical Model, OASAS has provided funding to harm reduction programs throughout the state that are focused on engaging people who use drugs. The goal of this initiative is to enhance low-threshold harm reduction and support services for difficult-to-reach individuals.
Open Access Centers
24/7 Open Access Centers offer round-the-clock access to assist New Yorkers in need of addiction treatment services. Open Access Centers can provide immediate assessments and referrals to treatment at any time of day or night, as well as rapid access to addiction medications such as buprenorphine. These centers can also work with local law enforcement to direct low-level offenders to treatment.
Peer Engagement Specialists
These are persons who are in recovery or who have personal family experience with recovery. They have expertise in addiction and addiction services, allowing them to provide support, encouragement, and guidance to help link individuals to services based on their specific needs, circumstances, and recovery goals.
Family Support Navigators
Addiction is a disease that impacts the entire family. Family Support Navigators help individuals and their families to understand addiction as a progressive disease, identify types of available addiction services, and learn about the process of recovery. They also provide guidance on how to navigate insurance issues and access treatment services.
Regional Addiction Resource Centers
The Regional Addiction Resource Centers (RARC) are available to assist people, families, and communities in accessing local resources for anyone at risk of, or experiencing, problems related to alcohol, substance use or gambling. The RARC helps identify local services and resources for prevention, treatment and recovery. The RARC can also organize community awareness events based on community requests.
A RARC can also connect you to additional supports such as Family Support Navigators, medication drop boxes, Peer Engagement Specialists, 12 step groups, Narcan/naloxone training, clubhouses and local events.