Mineola, NY - June 29, 2016 - Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, President/CEO of Family & Children’s Association, publically thanked Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez today for choosing FCA as one of six new sites across NYS to operate a new facility for people in recovery and families impacted by addiction.
The funding for the new site was made possible through the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). FCA will receive approximately $1.75 million in funding for the new facility over five years, or about $350,000 per year. FCA’s key partners in this new endeavor include: The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD), the Long Island Recovery Association (LIRA) and Families in Support of Treatment (FIST).
The Long Island Recovery Community and Outreach Center (LIRCOC) will provide a community-based, non-clinical setting that is safe, welcoming and alcohol/drug-free for any member of the community. The facility will respond to the local area’s specific needs related to obtaining substance abuse treatment services and addiction recovery support, while promoting long-term recovery through skill building, recreation, wellness education, employment readiness, civic participation opportunities, and other social activities.
LIRCOC will be centrally situated near the Nassau/Suffolk border on public transportation lines, and will be accessible not only during the daytime hours, but also during evening and weekends, to meet the needs of individuals and families who may be in need of assistance at varying hours. The new facility will serve 250 individuals before the end of 2016 (partial year due to start-up), 400 individuals in the second year of operation, and 500 individuals the third year, 625 in the fourth year and 725 in the fifth year of funded operations for a five-year cumulative total of 2,500 persons served from grant inception through December 31, 2019.
“On behalf of FCA and the thousands of people we serve every year, I am deeply grateful to Governor Andrew Cuomo and Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez for giving us the resources to create a long-awaited and much-needed recovery center on Long Island. It is an honor to be recognized by New York State and OASAS for our ongoing work on Long Island. It is our intention in the midst of an unprecedented heroin crisis, to create a center that will assist this very vulnerable population on their journey towards wellness,” said Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, President/CEO of Family & Children’s Association.
The announcement was made during a press conference held today at FCA headquarters in Mineola, NY.