The Recovery Network is a peer-led/peer driven service program. Our mission is to improve the delivery of substance abuse treatment and to help reduce the stigma associated with addiction and people who have been formerly incarcerated. The Syracuse office was established in 2001 through a previous Syracuse Recovery Community initiative. The Rochester office was established in 2007.
Recovery Network of New York focuses on three key areas: Social Support Services, Civic Restoration and Education/Employment Services. The goal of this community-based program is to address and eventually eliminate the dual stigma of individuals associated with having an addiction and criminal involvement. The Recovery Network exemplifies the vision of a "second chance" by addressing the aspirations of people leaving thecriminal justice system to live productive, healthy and law abiding lives.
The Recovery Network in Syracuse and Rochester was established originally through funding from nthe U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Rochester office has been expanded through funding from NYS OASAS.
• General Pre- and Post-treatment Support Services encompassing a Drop-in Center as a "safe haven" for members seeking support, such as opportunities to fellowship with other recovering people, and a place where members in need of immediate treatment services can come to get a free chemical dependency assessment/evaluation and referral to a local treatment facility. The Drop-in Center affords our members an opportunity to use computers for job searches, to check their e-mail, and to construct resumes or fact sheets. Becoming a member of the Recovery Network offers a place where people in recovery can grow and make positive changes in their lives as well as taking pride in belonging.
• Reintegration Support includes access to case managers and employment-related programming through various CCA reentry programs and peer-coaching and mentoring to clients in the general recovering community.
• Restoring Citizenship civic restoration through voter registration drives, Certificates of Relief from Civil Disabilities and Certificates of Good Conduct, and training RNNY members oncorrecting errors that often appear on "rap sheets", and counseling individuals on how to discuss his/her criminal history with a prospective employer.
• Employment Services consisting of employment, education, and vocational readiness training and placement.