Get involved with LIRA. Join our awesome team by completing our volunteer form, or join as at one of our monthly meetings.
Support & Advocacy
- For initiatives that remove barriers, end discriminatory practices and improve the quality of life for individuals in recovery, their family members and all those affected by addiction.
- To improve access to treatment and recovery support services for all persons and families.
- To encourage pro-active policies and other initiatives that protect individuals, children and family members affected by substance use disorders by ensuring unrestricted access to the services needed.
- To replace punitive laws by advocating for drug courts and other diversion programs, peer recovery support services (PRSS) and both treatment and PRSS on demand, utlizing a public healthcare approach to addiction that embraces all pathways to recovery.
LIRA travels to Albany, Washington DC and Long Island regional legislative offices to meet with our local, state and federal legislators and other officials in order to educate them about areas of importance to our community. Join us for these educational trips.
Recovery Celebration Month
September is National Recovery Month. LIRA hosts recovery month events every year. In the past we have held educational events by partnering with the Nassau Community College. We held these well attended educational events each September from 2003-2008. Since 2009 we have held a Rock N Recovery celebration each year in our communities including Babylon, Deer Park and Huntington.
Each year attendees enjoy networking, dancing. raffle prizes and a sumptuous buffet during a night of celebration, while honoring Friends of Recovery and awarding scholarships.
These Recovery Community Scholarship Awards (RCSA) help support deserving individuals from our community with educational goals and personal needs. To date LIRA has awarded a total of $11,000.00 in scholarships.
THRIVE Recovery Center
Our long term goal of establishing a Recovery Center became a reality when LIRA invited community partners LICADD, FIST and FCA to collaborate on a grant application submitted under the FCA umbrella to OASAS which was the awarded in the fall of 2016. The THRIVE Center opened its doors on March 4, 2017 in Islandia.
The partner groups hit the ground running to make THRIVE a community gathering place with access and/or referrals to all recovery related support services including and primarily peer to peer supports: housing, clothing, food, treatment and medical referrals, family supports, educational and training opportunities, employment assistance, legal and financial help as well as health and wellness classes and mutual support groups. The THRIVE center will serve as a comprehensive clearing house for recovery information and will help individuals and families with resources to help prevent relapse, navigate obstacles and strengthen recovery bonds.
THRIVE is fully staffed with a Director, Family Services Coordinator, Recovery Services Coordinator and several part time recovery coaches. LIRA has an office and staff on site and provides recovery coaching and other peer recovery support services. In addition we will continue to train coaches, provide supervision, peer support, a resource directory, and job bank.
Committees & Boards
LIRA members have and continue to serve on many boards, committees and community groups including: Friends of Recovery NY, (FOR-NY) Board of Directors, NY State OASAS Recovery Implementation Team (RIT) NY Statewide OASAS Behavioral Healthcare Workgroup, Suffolk County Communities of Solution (COS) Suffolk County Division of Community Mental Hygiene Sub-committee on Alcohol & Drugs, Nassau County Sober Homes Task Force, Suffolk Sub Committee on Veterans Affairs, Suffolk County Sober Homes Oversight Board, LI Regional Behavioral Health Organization Advisory Board, Suffolk Community College Chemical Dependency Program Advisory Board, CK Post Community Advisory Board, Long Island Public Policy Committee, Suffolk County COS Access to Care subcommittee, Suffolk Criminal Justice Addiction Workgroup, Faces and Voices of Recovery Washington DC, Board of Directors and Public Policy Committee.