As a foundation for our recovery program we use the helper therapy, mutual aid and self-help program philosophy applying these principles intensively to maintain long term recovery. We offer a recovery residence plus extended­ care programming with an emphasis on recovery life skill development, overseen by a professional volunteer staff: Guidance is provided toward the establishment of life and recovery sustaining activities (i.e., employment, self-help, physical health, etc.). With a 24/7 on-site staff and peers that promote and sustain the recovery environment. An average stay varies from 90 days to a year or more.

Recovery Residence Program:

Phase I: The individual is provided with free room & board, for an initial three-month period. While they are in this intensive recovery phase, they attend in-house 12 step meetings, workshops, and a series of lectures. Peer to Peer coaching and empowerment plus the benefits of a structured sober environment. This allows a foundation for their recovery, based on the founding principles of our program.

Phase II: at this phase they are offered the opportunity to continue with their recovery process using the same structure as the original phase. The Individual is invited to participate in our community outreach program as well as our vocational and leadership development program.

Phase Ill: Providing a slow and coordinated integration with family and society under strict peer supervision adhering to the principles of the program. At this time the individual is stabilized and solidified in their recovery, ready to connect with a recovery-supportive social network, and may be assisted with transitional supportive housing needed in order to sustain recovery and achieve independent living. Our members will continue to access the benefits of the continuum of care offered at DA.

Our peer operated residence operates 7 days a week, allowing individuals to access our services anytime of the day. Our self-help meeting s are offered from 8 am to 11 pm seven days a week.

Home and Community Based Services:

Our HCBS program is designated by the New York State Department of Health (DOH), Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Serv ices (OASAS) and The Office of Menta l Health (OMH). It is important that you understand what this means. We are not employees of, nor do we work for the New York State Office of Substance Abuse Services. This is a Medicaid reimbursed program available for HARP eligible individuals in the State of New York.


Assistance seeking and obtaining benefits and entitlements, food, shelter, permanent housing.

Assisting recipients in participating in shared decision making.

Linkage to and systems navigation within behavioral health and allied human services systems to access appropriate care.

Benefits advisement and planning.

Development of psychiatric advance directives (PAD)

Assistance advocating for self-directed services

Outreach and Engagement:

Companionship and modeling of recovery lifestyle, including participation in recovery activities that might be beyond the scope of treatment providers (e.g., eating together at a restaurant, attending or participating in a sporting event, attending a social events such as a concert or recovery celebration event.

Raising the awareness of existing services, pathways to recovery and helping a person to remove barriers that exist for access to them.

Interim visits with individuals after discharge from Hospital Emergency Rooms, Detox Units or Inpatient Psychiatric Units to facilitate community tenure and increased readiness while waiting for the first post-discharge visit with a community­ based mental health provider, treatment provider or appropriate system of care.

Self-help tools:

Assist selecting and utilizing self-directed recovery tools such as Wellness Recove ry Action Plan (WRAP) or Individualized Recovery Plan

Assist selecting and utilizing the things that bring a sense of passion, purpose and meaning into his/her life and coaching the person as the y identify barriers to engaging in these activities

Assist individuals to help connect to natural supports that enhance the quality and security of life

connecting individuals to ” warm lines”

Connection to self-help groups in the community

Recovery Supports:

Recovery education and coaching for individuals and their family members.

One to one peer support

Person centered goal planning that incorporates life areas such as community connectedness, physical wellness, spirituality, employment, self-help

Assisting with skills development that guides people toward s a more independent life

Transitional Supports:

Bridging from Jail or prison to a person’ s home (note: that peer support s while in Jail are not Medicaid reimbursable)

Bridging from institutions to a person’s home (note: that peer supports while in an institution are not Medicaid reimbursable)

Bridging from general hospitals to a person’s home

Bridging from a person’s home to the community

Pre-crisis and Crisis Support:

Providing companionship when a person is in an emergency room or crisis unit or preparing to be admitted to detox, residential or other service to deal with crisis

Providing peer support in the person’ s home or in the community to support them before (or in) a crisis or relapse

Developing crisis diversion plans or relapse prevention plans