Developing recovery supports in the community is essential to building the foundation for and sustaining recovery for the individual and the family. To do so, we must include the voice of people in recovery, families in recovery, families that are struggling with active addiction and those who have lost someone to addiction.
In our travels and meetings all across New York State we have consistently heard one message- “we need more community recovery support services (RSS) to assist individuals and families in building and sustaining recovery by bridging the gap between treatment and recovery”.
Community-based recovery supports play a critically important role in building recovery capital in communities all over New York State. They are the least developed component of our prevention, treatment and recovery system of care.
To support these efforts, FOR-NY hosts a public, bi-monthly teleconference meeting (New York City, Albany and Rochester) that includes local and state recovery advocates involved in Recovery Community Organizations (RCO’s), Recovery Community and Outreach Centers (RCOC’s), Youth Clubhouses (YCH), Family Support Navigators (FSN’s), Peer Recovery Coaches, Family Support Groups, local Councils and local community coalitions to discuss the issues surrounding community-based recovery services.
The following summary of our Mission, Key Objectives, and Top 5 Priorities was developed and voted on, with input from hundreds of participants at a series of three separate meetings. Each person in attendance was given multiple opportunities to provide direct input, based on their own personal experiences.