Treating each person as a whole means addressing everything that contributes to their recovery from drug addiction. Beyond our New York City-based opioid and other substance treatment programs, LESC offers services in vocational counseling, housing and healthcare to help our clients approach recovery from substance use disorders 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 use 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 Services

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

This person-centered treatment approach to addiction recovery offers individual and group therapy for a more fulfilling, balanced and healthy life. Services are also available for psychiatric treatment, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) or close family members affected by the substance use of a loved one.

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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. 

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 building
Franklin Avenue

Individual Supportive Housing
Built to serve the chronically homeless population of single adults (18+) with active substance use 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 use recovery services.

Diversity works building
Diversity Works

Family Supportive Housing
Vulnerable, homeless families in which the head of the household suffers from a substance use 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 use, 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 use 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 Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), this program accepts referrals via DHS based on approvals of electronic 2010E applications.

Pencer house
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.

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. 

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 since 1982. 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 18 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, psychoeducation, medication management 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 from 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.

"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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