COMMUNITY LEADERS, POLITICIANS AND ADVOCATES
CELEBRATED GRAND OPENING OF
THRIVE NASSAU ON MAY 16 IN WESTBURY, NY
Family & Children’s Association (FCA) Announced Expansion of THRIVE Addiction Recovery Center with Additional Location to Meet the Needs of Nassau County
MINEOLA, NEW YORK, May 20, 2019 – THRIVE, Long Island’s Center for “Transformation, Healing, Recovery, Inspiration, Validation and Empowerment,” which opened in 2017 in Hauppauge, has opened a second recovery facility in Nassau County. In a grand opening celebration on May 16, local leaders, politicians, addiction prevention and recovery advocates, and peers came together to launch THRIVE Nassau at 1025 Old Country Road, 3rd Floor, Suite 400, in Westbury, NY.
Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, President/CEO, FCA, opened the press conference and ribbon-cutting ceremony with remarks about the importance of the THRIVE Nassau to “help support individuals and families in recovery in communities throughout Long Island.” Dr. Reynolds noted that “Senator Brooks, Senator Martinez and Senator Kaplan played a key role in making sure we ended up here today.”
THRIVE – the first and only recovery center of its kind on Long Island – offers a safe, substance-free place where people in recovery and their families can get peer-based support and participate in programs designed to strengthen people in recovery.
Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services Paul Francis spoke about the explosion of the opioid epidemic, which spurred the formation of THRIVE to help individuals and families find, maintain and strengthen their recovery. Deputy Secretary Francis said that New York State Governor Cuomo “has been a tremendous leader recognizing we need the continuum of care.” He also noted that the critical role of recovery “has been a missing piece.”
Nassau County Legislator Arnold W. Drucker (16th District) spoke about FCA’s role in working to conquer addiction and support people in recovery. “What this organization offers people in terms of peer response is just tremendous,” Legislator Drucker said. “To have this in our own backyard is one of the great steps.”
New York State Senator Anna M. Kaplan spoke about the importance of THRIVE Nassau on Long Island. “Today is a great day for Nassau County because today we come together to celebrate the fact that there is a solution and it is right here in our backyard,” said Senator Kaplan. “I am so proud to say Thrive Nassau is in our district to give people on Long Island a safe place to find hope and get their best start on the path to recovery. We get a lot of requests but I knew just how important it was to bring back funding for this. Standing here today I am so proud to play a small role in helping this facility to open.”
Representatives from THRIVE’s partner organizations, which are an integral part of the new THRIVE Nassau, were at grand opening: The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD), Long Island Recovery Association (LIRA), and Families in Support of Treatment (F.I.S.T.) were in attendance. Dr. Reynolds also noted that the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) was one of the “unsung heroes in the room.”
Senator Kaplan summed up the sentiments of many, saying, “Thank you to all of you in this room who are doing your part to help our communities.”
THRIVE’s mission is to help individuals and families find, maintain, and strengthen their recovery through peer-based support, navigation assistance and referral services; provide interactive educational programs that promote wellness, economic prosperity and civic engagement; and maintain a safe, welcoming haven for substance-free recreational and social activities.
THRIVE is the result of a cooperative partnership between FCA, Long Island Recovery Association (LIRA), Families in Support of Treatment (F.I.S.T.), and the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD). THRIVE is funded by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Service (OASAS).
FCA is a not-for-profit agency helping more than 30,000 Long Islanders each year. For more than 130 years, the organization has worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island.
FCA believes in the potential of Long Island - a place where no child, senior, family or community is left to struggle alone with barriers to health care, education, employment or economic prosperity. Long Island continues to be one of the greatest place in the world to live and raise a family for many; FCA exists to ensure that be the case for all.