The Long Island Recovery Association is a grassroots organization concerned about the rights of those in recovery from or seeking help for addiction related illnesses.
LIRA was founded in January 2000 to give a voice and visible presence to the Long Island recovery community. For too long our constituency of people in recovery and impacted family members remained underground as others made decisison affecting us, our families and friends including the enactment of discriminatory policies resulting in barriers that prevented our folks from being treated equally.
LIRA educates decision makers, policy leaders, and the community at large to reduce the negative perceptions surrounding Substance Use Disorders with the aim of building a bridge of mutual understanding to individuals in recovery, family members and those seekning a pathway that accurately reflects both the available resources and existing needs of our community.
Having devoted great time and energy contributing to significant changes in recent years we shift our attention to the remaining issues of importance. LIRA continues to focus on gaining support to address substandard, unregulated, recovery housing with a goal of creating oversight ensures quality standards that includes embracing recovery living spaces for those receiving medication assisted treatment or on a similar recovery pathway. We also seek support for recovery high schools and collegiate recovery programs, access to job training and an increased investment in peer recovery support services, including: Recovery Commuity Organzations, Recovery Coaches, Certified Peer Recovery Advocates, and Recovery Centers.
In addition we must continue to work until a treatment and recovery access on demand model becomes the norm in New York State, eliminating any waiting period and preauthorizations of any kind. Decisions about who needs treatment at which level and for what duration must be made by addiction treatment professionals on the ground in real time. The existing dollar driven system has resulted in countless preventable deaths and devastated familes while taking a major economic toll on scarce state resources.
Please join us and lend your voice. “Recovery is a Reality”