Chemical Dependence Program at NYSD

It is estimated that 1 in 8 Deaf New Yorkers is a chemical abuser. Many are dually diagnosed with a mental illness and chemical abuse (MICA), and some are developmentally disabled NYSD's Chemical Dependence Program is licensed and funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and is the only program in the tri-state area that offers comprehensive, medically supervised substance abuse services for people who use sign language as their primary mode of communication. All staff members, including the medical director and nurse, communicate directly with consumers in sign language. Services offered include: (1) Comprehensive assessment/evaluation; (2) Individualized Treatment Plans developed with input from consumers; (3) Individual counseling; (4) Group and family counseling; (5) Case management; (6) Intra- and Inter-Agency linkages with healthcare providers toensure full access to the complete continuum of substance abuse services when needed; (7) Fully integrated, concurrent services for mentally ill chemical abusers (MICAs); (S)Coordination with employers, child welfare services, parole, probation; (9) Coordination and monitoring of urinalysis; and (10) Ongoing support for those with long-term sobriety. CDP also hosts 12-Step meetings in sign language on premises, including a self-supporting AA group and an NA group. Services are reimbursable by Medicaid and many private insurers.

New York Society for the Deaf
161 William Street
11th Floor
New York, NY 10019

(212) 777-3900

(212) 777-5740

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