Recovery Talk

September 2017 

A Letter from Stephanie Campbell

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 the value of family and community support through recovery and invites individuals and their families to share their stories of hope and healing.


#NYSRecoveryCon Kicks Off in Just 10 Days!

Hard to believe, but this year’s NYS Recovery Conference – Recovery across a Lifetime - is upon us! If you haven't yet registered, don't delay! Whether you're an individual in recovery, a family member, clinician, peer professional or ally, this conference is for you and not to be missed! 

This year's program includes notable and inspiring keynote speakers, more than twenty five workshops and panels, live music, performance art, a screening of the new documentary “Erasing the Stigma,” the FOR-NY Recovery Arts Festival Awards program, multiple networking events, exhibits, and so much more. Mark your calendars and join us at the brand new Albany Capital Center on October 1st & 2nd! See you there!



FOR-NY Awarded $450K For Creation of Statewide Youth & Young Adult 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 can't wait to get started! Stay tuned for updates as the program gets underway!


RCO Spotlight: FOR-Renss

We're truly delighted to introduce yet another new Recovery Community Organization this month! Our numbers are growing! Meet Friends of Recovery - Rensselaer (FOR-Renss).  


Policy: Recovery High Schools RFI

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 to combat the Heroin/Opioid Epidemic, has resulted in a Request For Information (RFI) regarding implementing Recovery High Schools in New York State, through the NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).



Policy: OASAS Announces RFA for 24/7 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 is an opportunity for people who have overdosed or who need help related to their addiction, to receive support services without the same restrictions and frequent push-back that we know they are receiving in a general hospital setting. 


Many Pathways of Recovery:

With more than 500,000 registered members, is the largest online social network for the recovery community. This free, robust community makes it possible to connect with like-minded folks representing more than 30 fellowships at any time of day or night from anywhere in the world.



Life in Recovery Survey

FOR-NY's second annual survey, "Life in Recovery," is live. This new survey (launched in August 2017) is critically important to building momentum for the recovery movement in New York State and the data we collect will allow us to better understand what recovery resources are most needed in communities statewide.  As we know, recovery requires ongoing support from individuals, families and communities.  This survey will help us make recommendations to decision makers that go beyond the anecdotal, about what resources are available in our communities and what needs more attention. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey today. Your input matters!


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Family to Family Recovery Research Guide in the Community

As Recovery Talk readers know, the Family to Family Recovery Resource Guide was introduced throughout the state in July. Based on feedback provided by family members from throughout the state who have “been there,” this comprehensive, user-friendly guide has been well-received by a variety of agencies, organizations and individuals across New York. In addition to nearly 300 downloads of the guide to date, it has been posted to more than a dozen websites throughout the state and shared widely on social media. If you haven't yet downloaded a copy, we encourage you to do so and to let your communities know of its availability. If you have downloaded the guide already,  please take a few minutes to complete this brief online (and anonymous) evaluation

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