OASAS Announces RFA for Open Access Centers

FOR-NY has long advocated for treatment on demand. This month, OASAS issued a Request for Applications (RFAs) for establishing Open Access Centers throughout New York State. The centers will deliver immediate engagement, assessment and referral services to people suffering from substance use disorders.  Although this is by no means a replacement for Emergency Room treatment, it…

Introducing Friends of Recovery – Rensselaer County (FOR-Renss)

What is FOR-Rensselaer’s mission? Our mission is to advance the health, wellness and interests of persons in recovery from and impacted by substance use disorders and their families in Rensselaer County by promoting an environment favorable to long-term recovery through advocacy, education, development and delivery of recovery-oriented support services, community engagement and identification and remediation of gaps in existing…

POLICY CORNER: Recovery High Schools

Many of our partners around the state have advocated for additional supports for youth and young adults in recovery. Decision makers are now signing on to the need to support our young people through the development of Recovery High Schools.  Our advocacy as well as the advocacy of our allies on the Governor’s task force…

Stephanie Campbell - 2017 Advocacy Day

Executive Director’s Letter – September 2017

Friends, ­­­­ September is National Recovery Month; a nationwide observance held each year to educate the public that when the right supports and services are made available for those who suffer from addiction and mental health issues, people can and do recover. This year’s theme, Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities highlights…

FOR-NY AWARDED $450K FOR CREATION OF YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT STATEWIDE RECOVERY NETWORK

We’re delighted to announce that FOR-NY has been selected by NYS OASAS to receive $450,000 for the creation of a youth and young adult statewide recovery network! We’ve partnered with two incredible organizations that have demonstrated great success in working with young people in recovery – the HFM Prevention Council and New York City-based nonprofit Road Recovery – and…

Stephanie Campbell - 2017 Advocacy Day

A Letter from the Executive Director

Friends, ­­­­ August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. Members of our community from across New York State will be attending overdose awareness events. These events are powerful ways in which we stand together and remember those who have been lost to this epidemic, and raise awareness of overdose through spreading the message that recovery…

Stories of Recovery – Liz, Albany, NY

I love going on vacation. It’s my time to escape from the everyday and frolic in the land of freedom without a care in the world. That’s one of the reasons I began to drink so much – to get away from the everyday. Before long, my body needed to drink daily to avoid the…

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FOR-NY Welcomes New Director of Policy

FOR-NY is delighted to welcome Allison Weingarten as its new Director of Policy, the position previously held by our Executive Director, Stephanie Campbell. In her new position, Allison will work to help engage leadership on community-based recovery supports, development of the policy agenda of FOR-NY and providing support to our local Recovery Community Organizations (RCO’s),…

Life in Recovery Survey

In 2016, FOR-NY created its first New York State Recovery Needs Assessment.  That survey was distributed to individuals and families impacted by addiction as well as allies to the recovery community. Almost 1700 people across the Empire State participated in that recovery needs assessment. Now, in 2017 we have released a second survey, in time…

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