Summer/Fall 2018 Newsletter
Written in: September 2018
LIRA Introduces 12 to 12 Telephone and Text Recovery Support Service
In January, LIRA was awarded a mini grant through OASAS and The Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene and launched a new Telephone & Text Recovery Support line targeting youth and young adults. The LIRA young people’s committee came up with this innovative first of its kind reciprocal, telephone communication network for individuals in recovery seeking support. The initial pilot project was staffed by Recovery Support Specialists (RSS): Conor Mulvaney, Jenny Von Lang, Joe Cavallo, and Kelly Marie Serrano. 12 to 12 has since trained a group of volunteers to help staff and strengthen the service. You can reach a 12 to 12 RSS rep Mon-Sun 12PM to 12AM at 844-551-1212.
THRIVE RECOVERY CENTER
Continues to exceed expectations and shatter predictions. With a robust schedule of events, activities, and groups THRIVE has raised the bar in becoming the gold standard for recovery centers in New York; leading the way through a collaborative effort by founding partners LIRA, FCA, FIST, and LICADD in conjunction with a dedicated staff and team of volunteers. Come on down to 1324 Motor Parkway, Suite 102 and see why we are thriving on Long Island!
ROCK N RECOVERY X
Please join us this year on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 7 PM at St. Peters in Huntington Station as we celebrate National Recovery Month with our flagship event. Please consider a sponsorship level, donation or door prize. For more information on the event or to donate, click here to view this section of our website.
LICAN COVENANT GROWS
LIRA continues to work together with the other member organizations under the LICAN umbrella in an effort to add sorely needed resources to the Long Island battle against opioids. To that end there are ongoing discussions with state officials, hospitals and health systems. One goal is to partner and elevate and expand access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) with accompanying recovery support services. Many thanks to Dr. Leslie Marino for lending her experience and spearheading the MAT collaborative in Suffolk County and for her efforts to train physicians in the administration of MAT. Kudos to LICAN lead organizer Joe Morris for coordinating the overall opioid response effort amongst LICAN organizational congregations and LIRA with support from school districts, the medical community and local government leaders too.
ANNUAL NY STATE RECOVERY CONFERENCE
FOR-NY and ASAP hosted our conference in Albany once again this August. More than 500 attended the biggest and best conference yet.
The Patient Brokering Bill aimed at unscrupulous individuals holding themselves out as interventionists or recovery coaches and taking advantage of families in crisis, was signed into law by Governor Cuomo and several other initiatives including the creation of an ombudsman to investigate complaints about access to treatment passed and were codified. We can expect the first recovery high school in New York to open shortly and additional action on recovery housing and improved access to care. We will continue to press for treatment and recovery on demand.
On the federal level LIRA continues to work with other groups around the country with our focus on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to advance a robust legislative and funding package. The House passed HR-6 which included more than 50 separate bills geared to combat addiction and support prevention, treatment, and recovery. The package of bills is currently in the US Senate and we are hopeful a vote will occur by mid-September.
FACES & VOICES of RECOVERY
The nation’s leading recovery voice since 2001 continues to lead the way at the federal level.
The Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO) a Faces and Voices of Recovery initiative now boasts 104-member organizations in 40 states. ARCO was formed by Faces and Voices back in 2012 as a way to connect existing and emerging communities of recovery. The initial framework was designed to focus on regional work with board representatives from SAMHSA and the ATTC’s. ARCO has since shifted to individual state focus by RCO’s for greater local impact.
ARCO is now a well-known entity on the national stage with a potent presence and a powerful voice. ALA attendees joined the FAVOR board and staff for the Annual America Honors Recovery (AHR) Gala at the Hyatt Regency in Washington DC. Long-time friend Tom Hill served as MC as America paid tribute to outstanding individuals including Walter Ginter of the MARS project in the Bronx and Tonya Wheeler of Advocates for Recovery in Denver, Colorado.
ROCK N RECOVERY IX in Deer Park 2017
LIRA’s 9th Annual Rock N Recovery celebration took place in Deer Park in September 2017. An estimated 275 came out to help celebrate National Recovery Month. The evening featured some delicious food and great music by Get Your Groove on DJ. Over $2,000 in prizes were given away thanks to our generous donors and sponsors. LIRA recognized Nora Milligan as our Friend of Recovery Award recipient in 2017. Nora, an outstanding advocate in dual roles as a parent and person in recovery, has been a visible and vocal presence on the local landscape and in Albany. Congratulations! LIRA also presented two separate Recovery Community Scholarship Awards of $500.00 each to Denise Alba & Donna DeBiase. Denise, a LIRA trained Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA), has made significant contributions as a volunteer and is deeply committed to helping others. Donna has been a loyal supporter and introduced us to her creative expression, A2R magazine in 2016. The two initial editions featured LIRA prominently and she has devoted time and publicity to promote other local not-for-profits on Long Island. Congratulations Denise and Donna! The cumulative total of our RCSA giving stands at $9,500 since the onset of the awards.
Rock N Recovery continues to provide a venue for many of our folks including dozens currently in treatment to participate with others and learn to socialize without the use of alcohol or other drugs. The value of this experience in early recovery cannot be emphasized enough.
Many sponsors and supporters donated funds, and prizes and again helped make our annual event possible at no cost. A huge thank you for all the support! A complete list of sponsors and donors is on the last page. We would like to acknowledge the following individuals for their volunteer efforts and service helping to make our annual event a huge success:
Monique Aguido, Tina Bruzzo, Richard Buckman, Joe Cavallo, Elsie Demers, Sue Ferraro, Edmond Hakimi, Eugenia Karahalias, Suzanne Loevner, Michelle Louzoun, Doreen Mazzei-Buckman, Conor Mulvaney, Jessica McNamara, Rev Debbie Nardozzi, Ed Olsen, Jean Shabkie-Fessenden, Jahnice Strange, and others.
Long Island’s United 3rd Annual Walk
The Walk for Hope & Recovery was held on September 24, 2017 at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa. About 700 turned out for the hope and remembrance walk hosted by our community organizations including founding partners LIRA, FIST, LICADD and DFLI. The 2018 Walk is set for Heckscher Park in Huntington, September 30, 1 – 4 PM.
Friends of Recovery New York (FOR-NY)
Our statewide group continues to grow having helped to launch some 27 recovery community organizations across the state. We are thrilled to see this tremendous expansion of our recovery community statewide.
For many years, LIRA was the only RCO in NY State and we should have a sense of pride in our contributions to helping launch FOR-NY in 2008 and for staying the course and helping to sow the seeds of recovery statewide.
FOR-NY’s 9th Annual Standup for Recovery Day, was held in on March 6, 2018.
A new record-breaking crowd of over 1000 advocates from across the state made their way to Albany to join our rally in support of recovery in the morning, before meeting with their regional state lawmakers in the afternoon.
Did you know LIRA was the first ever recovery Community Organization in New York State and helped to lay the groundwork for what has become a robust statewide movement?
LIRA has facilitated two CCAR Recovery Coach training academies so far this year and another is planned for later this year. In the last 18 months, LIRA has trained nearly 60 individuals and we have helped to place many graduates into paid positions after being contacted for recommendations by agencies across Long Island.
LIRA continued to provide other trainings as well including our own Advocacy training (in advance of our annual Albany trip), Our Stories Have Power-Recovery Messaging Training and the Science of Addiction Recovery (SOAR) from Faces and Voices of Recovery.
LIRA Meets on the first Tuesday of the month alternating meeting times and locations to include evening and morning meetings. We must support and invest in ourselves. Your generosity makes it possible for us to continue our educational and advocacy efforts.
Please support recovery from addiction with your generous gift. You can also donate on our web site www.lirany.org. You can like us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
Conor Mulvaney was awarded a full scholarship to attend Adelphi University for his Bachelors of Social Work. Edmond Hakimi, in addition to marrying his lovely bride Gloria this past June, is heading up the brand new mobile recovery unit at CNG. Joe Cavallo is also a part of the team at CNG and will serve as a CRPA. We applaud this innovative initiative that brings opportunities to find recovery into areas of need in local communities. Ed Olsen was elected to the Board of Directors at FOR-NY. Congratulations to these outstanding LIRA representatives!
For more than 18 and a half years, LIRA has advocated for the rights and needs of individuals in recovery, our family members, and all those impacted by addiction. LIRA’s good work continues to expand thanks to support from FOR-NY and NY State OASAS. Please support LIRA by making a tax-deductible contribution. There are two ways to donate: Write checks payable to LIRA and mail
to PO Box 653 Hicksville NY 11802, or online through this website!
Scroll of Honor Sponsors/Donors 2017
|RECOVERY ANGEL||RECOVERY FRIEND – CONT’D|
|Restore Health & Wellness Center||Rev. Debbie Nardozzi|
|RECOVERY CHAMPION||SCO Morningstar Communities|
|Ancestors Alive! Genealogy||Sober Alliance Inc.|
|Friends of Recovery New York||Susan & Edward Ferraro|
|RECOVERY AMBASSADOR||Unleash Your Full Potential Now|
|American Addiction Centers||RECOVERY SUPPORTER|
|Bridge Back to Life||Angela Piccininni|
|Cornerstone Treatment Facilities Network||Arms Acres & Conifer Park|
|Drug Free Long Island||Bob Swiatko|
|Ethan Heisler & Michelle Louzoun||Bunger Surf Shop|
|Florida Center for Recovery||Carvel of Oceanside|
|Long Island Center for Recovery||Claire & Ed Olsen|
|Long Island Council on Alcohol & Drug Dependence (LICADD)||Donna Russo – Parklane Jewelry|
|Quality Consortium of Suffolk County||Frippery|
|Richard & Doreen Buckman||Glen’s Dinette|
|Seafield Center||Goodenough Personalized Gifts|
|Susan & Edward Ferraro||Home Instead of Alone, Inc.|
|RECOVERY ADVOCATE||In Memory of “William Hughes”|
|2000 Computer Solutions, Inc.||Jahnice Strange|
|A & S Pork Store of East Islip||Janice Talento|
|Carolyn & Bob Myers||Marian & Nicholas Karahalias|
|Carolyn Donnelly||Mom’s Friend Randi|
|Coca Cola Bottling Company||New Grace Nail & Spa of East Islip|
|Families In Support of Treatment (F.I.S.T.)||Panera Bread|
|Geisinger-Marworth Treatment Center||Rev. Debbie Nardozzi|
|Get Your Groove on DJ Entertainment||Trinkets|
|In Loving Memory of Peter K. Ruhry||Unleash Your Full Potential Now|
|Lakeview Health||OTHER CONTRIBUTORS|
|LECSA EAP||Babylon Bean|
|LI EAPA Chapter||Gino’s Pizza|
|Nina Massey & Al Buckman||Sherry’s Market|
|Susanne Loevner||Bethpage Nail & Spa|
|The Kenneth Peters Center for Recovery||Covergil Fashions|
|RECOVERY FRIEND||Dix Hills Diner|
|Bethpage Federal Credit Union||Faces & Fragrances|
|Bikers Against Heroin||Global Planning Consultants Corp.|
|CN Guidance & Counseling Services, Inc.||Irene Garone|
|Dr. Edmond Hakimi & Gloria Yuryev||Kilwin’s|
|Elsie Demers||Mama Sbarro’s Pizzeria of North Babylon|
|Glenn Reiner & Annmarie Gennattsio||Olympic Diner|
|Healthy Alternatives in Babylon Village||Pizzaiola of North Babylon|
|Home Instead of Alone, Inc.||Shoprite of Bethpage|
|Janice Talento||Stables Toymart & Garden Center|
|John Buckman||Yes Community Counseling Center|
|Monsoon Steak & Sushi Restaurant|