All Programs

building a stronger life

Treating each person as a whole means addressing everything that contributes to recovery. Beyond our opioid treatment programs, LESC offers services in vocational counseling, housing and healthcare to help our clients approach recovery in a more holistic, sustainable way.

Opioid Treatment programs

Integrated medical and clinical treatment programs that immediately focus on your stabilization and abstinence

Attaining freedom from opioid dependence takes the right approach. That's why our Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) opioid treatment programs have been customized to address a diverse client population with treatment challenges that include language barriers, mental health and secondary substance abuse problems (co-occurring disorders), health problems including HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, involvement with the criminal justice system, recidivism and homelessness.

Outpatient and residential programs 
As a client, each program is designed to engage you in a comprehensive client-centered Treatment Plan, a collaborative effort between you and your clinician which is then approved by an interdisciplinary medical team. You may have success with one of our outpatient programs, which focus on maintenance or helping you progress to abstinence. You may benefit more from one of our residential treatment programs, which can bring more structure to your recovery journey. 

Completing the abstinence track depends on how you respond to MAT and if you no longer need dosage adjustments for stabilization. Abstinence also requires motivation, so you can continue a productive lifestyle while completing the tapering phase. After tapering, you could opt for monthly services in the continuation-of-care phase for program support. It's up to you.

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Dual Recovery Program

If mental health problems are contributing to your substance use disorder, this program can help you address both issues together.

Our dual recovery program is a comprehensive recovery oriented program that can help you deal with both your substance use and mental health disorders at the same time. This program can also help a close friend or family member affected by your substance use disorder deal with what you're going through.

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Vocational training programs

Vocational programs designed to help you develop a plan for approaching employment as the foundation of self-sufficiency

Everyone has different skills, abilities and aptitudes for working. That's why vocational training is at the center of both our outpatient and residential treatment models.

Your journey towards employment will be a process. Upon entering one of our programs, you'll complete an admission screening. From there, we'll work with you to develop a customized vocational treatment plan that considers the kinds of jobs for which you are qualified and also interested. Ongoing vocational counseling and job readiness training can help you prepare for work that is meaningful and fulfilling. The team then continues to work with you, helping you learn how to find and keep a job, so you can become a more self-sufficient member of the community. 

Launch of the VIP Program 
Gainful employment has long been recognized as a reliable indicator of long-term recovery. To give you the best chance of incorporating stable employment into your recovery journey, we created our new trial employment program called the VIP Program. This collaboration with LESC Social Ventures is a vocational training ground for clients to implement what they learn in our job readiness workshops. The goal of this innovative program is to bring on-the-job performance accountability into the work environment. Improving how well you do your job will better prepare you to re-enter the workforce and ultimately strengthen the success of your treatment. 

supportive housing Programs

A range of permanent supportive housing facilities designed to meet your individual circumstances

Access to stable, safe housing can be key to a lasting recovery. To address this, LESC has four different residence models to meet the needs of our diverse clients. Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for one of four specialized housing programs:

Franklin Avenue

Individual Supportive Housing
Built to serve the chronically homeless population of single adults (18+) with active substance abuse disorders, our Franklin Avenue Residence enables clients to live with more independence. Eligibility for these 71 units is determined for NY/NYIII housing by the Human Resources Administration (HRA) and referred through the Division of Homeless Services. The remaining 27 community tenants are selected through a lottery. On-site services include health, vocational, nutrition, life skills, counseling, case management, therapy, education, harm reduction, trauma informed counseling and substance abuse recovery services.

Diversity Works

Family Supportive Housing
Vulnerable, homeless families in which the head of the household suffers from a substance abuse disorder can turn to Diversity Works, our 42-unit building of which 34 units are designated for chronically homeless families. Designed to help preserve and strengthen families with histories of substance abuse, this program takes referrals exclusively from the Department of Homeless Services. The remaining 8 income-restricted units are filled by referrals from community partners.

Transitional Housing
Scatter Site, a transitional housing program, provides supportive housing and case management services to 25 single recovering adults who have completed a course of treatment for substance abuse disorder and who are at risk of street or sheltered homelessness. Once in stable housing, residents can then transition into permanent housing through counseling, referrals to community providers and continued support. Scatter Site tenants pay 30% of their income (public assistance, employment and social security) as their portion of rent. Funded by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), this program accepts referrals via DHS based on approvals of electronic 2010E applications.

Pencer House

HIV/AIDS Supportive Housing 
Individuals living with HIV/AIDS can turn to Pencer House, a community of 40 studio apartments free of stigma and discrimination. Services focus on the well being of residents by promoting independence and self-sufficiency. On-site case managers coordinate treatment plans for each tenant that inspire both physical health and emotional strength. All of our residents are referred to us by New York City’s HRA/HASA.

Women's wellness program

An outpatient clinic program that provides compassionate care for women currently struggling with opioid addiction and mental illnesses

The women’s wellness program provides outpatient clinical care to women who are currently using or have had a history with substance use disorders, opioid addiction and/or co-occurring mental illnesses. As a client in the women’s wellness program, you'll be encouraged by a team of caring professionals to take charge of your life and your problem behaviors. You'll then collaboratively develop an individualized course of treatment with staff members.  

This intimate, supportive and respectful environment will help you feel more at ease during initial screening and testing for HIV and Hepatitis. You may also participate in supportive group or individual therapy sessions. Our program uses evidence-based clinical interventions, such as Seeking Safety and RESPECT, so you can address the relationship between your HIV risk behaviors and past traumas or intimate partner violence, which are often precursors to substance misuse. By learning new Seeking Safety skills, you'll be able to reduce substance misuse, understand your triggers for underlying traumas, and improve your medication compliance. The RESPECT model is designed to help you understand your own HIV risk and reduce your HIV high-risk behaviors.

You'll have an initial health screening with a licensed Nurse Practitioner. He or she will check you for conditions of hypertension, hyperlipidemia and diabetes as well as for HIV & HCV prevention and treatment status. The Nurse Practitioner also assesses how well you stick to your medication routine and may offer testing for sexually transmitted infection or tuberculosis (PPD) or hepatitis A & B vaccines. If you need any medical care, you'll be referred to one of our partner primary care programs, which gives you access to primary care providers, HIV/HVC testing, specialty HIV/HCV treatment, PrEP and PEP services, gynecology and dental or related care services. It's a all about creating and sustaining wellness for you.

HIV Early Intervention Program

Residential and outpatient programs designed to raise your awareness of HIV and Hepatitis and educate you on risk behaviors and options

Access to HIV testing and counseling can change risk behaviors. Early intervention is a newly developed program designed to help you become more aware of your HIV and Hepatitis status and give you access to the treatment you need. The program also aims to reduce the use of illicit substances and improve your overall health. Funded by a grant from OASAS, this new program is an integral part of both our residential and outpatient treatment services. The program is staffed with a clinical supervisor, a nurse practitioner, a case manager and a peer specialist.

The goal of the program is to provide you with easy access, education and services while in treatment. In addition to HIV and Hepatitis testing and counseling, the program promotes harm reduction sessions to help you learn and engage in specific techniques to reduce harmful behavior, including health interventions such as the ARTAS (anti retroviral treatment access to services) protocols. By improving your self-efficacy, the program helps you to reduce high-risk behaviors, access treatments and improve compliance. You'll also have access to group sessions on prevention topics such as stress management, meditation, nutrition and seeking safety. 

CHINESE continuing day treatment program

A professional, structured refuge for Cantonese speakers who struggle with mental and emotional issues

Chinese New Yorkers who struggle with mental health issues face unique cultural and family challenges. The New York City area’s Chinese community has relied on this unique program to serve seriously depressed, schizophrenic or bi-polar family members for more than 24 years. The LESC continuing day treatment program, licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health, provides an important source of hope for an intimate group of 20 clients, from goal setting and support to education and training.

As a client, you'll participate in 4-hour treatment sessions 5 days each week. We provide Individual, group and family counseling that can help you deal with the stress of daily living through crisis management, healthcare, relaxation techniques, English language instruction and job preparedness.

With help from our on-site psychiatrist, you may eventually return to the workforce. Regular psychiatric assessments and evaluations can help you manage chemical therapy. Group sessions can improve support form your family by educating family members on the psychodynamics of living with a family member's evolving mental health needs. Our goal for this program is to improve your self-esteem, social connectedness and self-sufficiency.

Our program values Chinese culture by celebrating Chinese holidays, honoring Chinese customs and speaking Cantonese. As a client, you'll also have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of entertainment events and recreational activities, from trips together to museums to Circle Line tours and visits to city parks. During weekly treatment, you may join the community in song or complete arts and crafts projects. 

"You and your staff have done an outstanding job in designing programs and running groups."

Siu Ying Woo
Social Worker II, LCSW, Bensonhurst Inpatient Unit
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