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To Reduce or Prevent:
 ~ Alcohol/drug abuse
 ~ Alcoholism/chemical dependency
 ~ Social problems cause by abuse/dependency
          But in Reality….
Councils try to Build Stronger Families
  and Healthier Communities….

And try to increase Protective Factors and
 reduce Risk Factors contributing to a
 variety of social problems.
  Major Differences between Councils
      and other ATOD Programs

(1) Most programs are “stand alone”
      focused or targeted efforts at a single
ex.: a Detox program does detox and release
     an EAP Program does screening & referral
     a Halfway House for residence & support
But Councils are “Catch-All” Programs –
i.e. multi-faceted, multi-purpose, multi-task
    oriented, responsive to the changing
           needs of the community
In fact, Councils have as many as 21
      different types of services:
~ Orientation/Public Awareness   ~ Consultation
~ Assembly Program               ~ Trainings/Staff Development
~ Classroom Presentation         ~ Community Workshops
~ Tutorial/Homework Assistance   ~ Positive Alternatives
~ Vocational Assistance          ~ Community Linkages
~ Discussion/Rap Group           ~ One-to-One Contact
~ Peer Leadership                ~ Other

~ Individual Counseling          ~ Crisis Counseling
~ Group Counseling               ~ Assessment
~ Family Counseling              ~ Other
~ Referral
  ... the NCADD vision as established by Marty Mann is alive to this
very day.

     o work to educate America on the disease of Addiction;
     o help the suffering alcoholic recover from his/her disease;
     o work to prevent alcoholism/addiction;
     o encourage scientific investigation on alcoholism/addiction;
     o and “fight stigma, fight stigma, fight stigma.”
 The Affiliate Survey Report from NCADD shows the power of the
Councils by virtue of our numbers and services... 400,000 Units-of-
Service rendered to 1,681,585 individuals through our Community
Education Programs, Media Campaigns, Information/Helplines,
Assessment and Referral Programs, Mentoring Programs,
Workplace Trainings, Interventions, etc.
   Another 200,000 Units were provided by those Councils offering
Treatment Services.
   And this did not fully represent the total Council network across
the country - but only some 46 affiliates.
Councils need to be fluid, flexible,
 and especially responsive to the
        community’s needs
    (both real and perceived!)
     And this is a second major
(2) Councils are Community-focused….

     In fact, of all these proposed “Community
  Mobilization” efforts, everyone has failed to see
  that the original and only long-lasting CAG or
  SICA or SIGe, is the Council!
    (All others are subordinate, and work best in
  those communities which do not have
Another Difference:
(3) Councils are the primary Advocacy Programs…

  we are the “movers and shakers.”

Ex: They tried to close our local detox… we started a
  petition to keep it open, and Won!

When Gov Pataki closed all the state ATCs, we gathered
  3,000 names and hand delivered the petition to our
  state legislators to keelp the ATCs and the Field Offices
-- Keg Registration Bill…
-- Timothy’s Law…
-- State Budget
Another Difference:
(4) Councils follow the “Disease Model”
     and are “Recovery Focused.”

We are the step-children of the health-care system….
But we have proven that this is a medical -- as much if not more than
a psyco-social disease, and have gone a long way in integrating this into
the health community.
     Another Difference…..
(5) But as such, Councils also promote
   the fellowship of A.A., and an
  “abstinence-based recovery program…

  (and many other professionals do not!)
(6) Another difference, it is up to the Councils
 to meet and face the Challenges to the Field
 Councils are at the Forefront of the many, many
              challenges to the Field!
    Political Idiosyncrasies & Personal Preferences
     Techno theories…
        Addiction Psycho-babble
           Funding restrictions and reversals
             and new funding priorities!

    Many mistakes are made at levels of
      local government,
      state government,
      state administration and operations,
      and even in Research!
    And these mistakes can KILL alcoholics!
~ Years of transitions between several Commissioners, and periods with no Commissioners
     or leadership for OASAS or the profession.
~ The advent of Managed Care (with the health insurance reconfiguration and consequent
     reductions in level of care and length of care, and resultant discrimination to our
     clients and patients;
~ The Consolidation of DSAS with DAAA (and new Chemical Dependency Regulations);
~ The Welfare Reform and Welfare-to-Work regulations;
~ The Criminal Justice Reform;
~ The Mental Health System Reform (integration of Co-morbidity into treatment programs);
~ Medicaid Reform;
~ The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996;
~ Fiscal Re-engineering;
~ The new CBR/CFR fiscal reporting system;
~ Additional regulations from staffing-to-program management;
~ New, unfunded program initiatives;
~ A lack of COLAs or new money for infra-structure and operational support for ten years;
~ The transition to workplans and evidence-based programming;
~ Transition into on-line reporting systems;
~ The new OASAS Performance Management Oversight System;
~ The new OASAS focus on eliminating “Waste, Fraud and Abuse in the OASAS System”;
~ Even the restructuring and framework(s) of the new federal and state grant authorizations.
~ Pro-Legalization debates.
       Another Difference….
(7) Councils take the lead in all Media Initiatives:
        (mass education and support)
        (the power of the media!!!!)
   - Public Service Announcements
   - Air or Print (Cable TV, newspapers, radio)
   - Media Advocacy
   - Social Marketing
   - Social Norming
   - Media Literacy
   - Literature dissemination
        Another Difference…
(8) Councils take the lead in ALL new Initiatives:
    - FASD
    - Alcoholism and the Elderly
    - Public Health Social Marketing Initiative
    - the NYS Collegiate Task Force
    - Drug Courts or Jail Programs
    - FOR (Friends of Recovery)
    - Environmental Prevention Initiatives
    - Underage Drinking (Compliance Checks, etc.)
When a new Initiative has money backing it…

   Then it’s often “put out for bid” to other
  agencies competing with Councils, and
  which overall weakens a Council’s
  credibility as the County’s Expert
  Prevention Agency!
So, when there is No Money, OASAS comes to us….
    when there is money available,
       OASAS often diverts it to other agencies!
Marty Mann passed away in 1980 !!!
•          The Council on Addictions of New York State (CANYS) is an
    organization of prevention, education, intervention and treatment
    agencies throughout New York State that meets to address concerns and
    issues that both affect the practice of prevention, intervention and
    treatment of alcoholism and drug abuse, as well as of organizational
    efficiency including administrative, managerial, programmatic, fiscal,
    Staff and Board concerns.
•      The CANYS mission, overall, is to effectively address alcohol, tobacco,
    and drug use problems in our local communities as well as regionally and
•      CANYS is also committed to advocating for education about alcohol,
    tobacco and other drugs and their associated problems.
•      Our approach is community-based, and our commitment often
    translates into a call to action for effective social and health care policies
    and laws, and to change cultural norms throughout our society.
•      Alcoholism and drug abuse remain the NUMBER ONE Public Health
    Problem in America. Each day, over 1,500 Americans DIE because of
    alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, and many thousands more find
    themselves in hospitals, in mental institutions, jails and prisons, or in
    family or divorce court because of the far reaching and devastating
        Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency continues to affect
                1-in-every 4 New York State Families!!!

We envision a world where health, safety, and wellness are the norm; one in
which science-based alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and violence prevention
services are regularly and effectively provided in every settings and domain
and to all age groups; where alcohol and other drug problems are minimal;
where recovery is a celebrated, commonplace reality; and appropriate
intervention and treatment are readily accessible to all who are in need.

The Council on Addictions of New York State (CANYS) is an organization
of prevention education, intervention and treatment agencies throughout
New York State that meets to address concerns and issues affecting the
practice of prevention, intervention and treatment as well as issues of
organizational efficiency including administrative, managerial,
programmatic, fiscal and Board and staff concerns.
  Councils have evolved from Marty Mann’s vision of the National Council on
Alcoholism. Our Mission is to keep that vision alive by collectively and, in
collaboration with all key stakeholders, effectively addressing alcohol, tobacco
and drug use problems in our local communities as well as regionally and
statewide. CANYS exists to further the individual and collective missions of
Councils and other prevention, intervention and treatment efforts.

CANYS is committed to advocating for:
  ~ Education about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and their associated problems
  ~ Prevention of alcoholism and other addictions, since prevention is the most cost-
     effective and humane approach to alcohol and drug problems in our communities
  ~ Promotion of intervention because it saves live and saves money
  ~ Recognition that treatment is effective and recovery is a reality
  ~ Adequate resources for an effective continuum of prevention, intervention,
        treatment and aftercare services
  ~ Reducing Stigma…….
  ~ Advocating on local, regional, state and national levels in support of Councils
         and their mission(s);
  ~ By helping to promote public awareness of Councils as the cornerstone for
          community alcohol and drug services; and,
  ~ By collaboration and providing support for each other through information sharing.

     Our commitment translates into the provision of effective evidence-based prevention
education, intervention and treatment services. It is a call to action to advocate for effective
social and health care policies and constituency empowerment.
    CANYS, which incorporated on
 December 12, 1999, grew out of the Association
 of Council Directors (ACD), which was
 organized in October, 1993.
    Its predecessor was the New York State
 Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addictions
(NYSCADA) formerly the New York State
Council on Alcoholism (NYSCA) and previous to
that was known as the New York State
Association of Councils on Alcoholism
    Accomplishments of CANYS
•   OASAS Fiscal Withholding Policy;
•   Council Surveys (salary studies, fundraising tips, etc.
•   Input into Initiatives and Program Developments.
•   Trainings
•   Purchasing Consortium
•   Health Policy Advocacy
•   Identification of effective Board and Policy Management Practices
•   Constituency Development (Friends of Recovery)
•   Assembly Testimony
•   Keeping Prevention at forefront
•   Meetings with Schumer, Clinton and Lt Governor.
•   Wrote to Antonia Novello, Peter Jennings, Lorne Michaels – (SN Live.)
•   Support for Timothy’s Law, Penny a Beer Tax, OASAS Grants, Keg Bill
•   NEW: Constituency Response Teams !!!!!!
o Bi-Monthly Meetings held throughout the state;
o Secured CSAP 3-Year Grant for Recovery Advocacy Groups;
o Supported the development of 10 “Friends of Recovery” groups across
    the state;
o Board publication of CANYS Manual;
o Resource Sharing;
o Guest Speaker: OASAS CTC facilitator (9/02);
o Finalized the By-Laws for CANYS (12/6/02);
o Letter of Welcome, Acting Commissioner Robert Bruno, January 2003;
o Testimony to Assembly Public Health Committee on Medical Marijuana (January,
    22, 2003);
o Bi-Monthly Meetings held throughout the state;
o Monthly Communication Discussions with OASAS for Program Updates;
o Letter of Welcome, Commissioner William Gorman, June 22, 2003;
o Guest Speaker: Ray Conte on OASAS Recovery Initiative;
o Implemented Year-2 of the CSAP Recovery Advocacy Grant;
o Letter to Loren Michaels, Saturday Night Live, re. inappropriate Marijuana portrayal
o Testimony submission for federal “Quality of Treatment” Panel;
o Supported the 10 existing “Friends of Recovery” groups;
o Terminated CSAP 3rd year FOR Peer-to-Peer Services Grant (6/16/3);
o Helped develop and support and additional 10 “Friends of Recovery” groups across
    the state;
o CANYS joined as State Affiliate to the NCADD;
o Letter of Support to Senator McGee for Keg Registration Bill (10/03);
o Guest (and introduction) at CANYS October Meeting: Commissioner Gorman;
o Presentation to CANYS By College Consortium State Steering Committee (10/03);

o Bi-Monthly Meetings held throughout the state;
o Monthly Communication Discussions with OASAS for Program Updates;
o “News and Notes” E-Newsletter for CANYS communication;
o Established CANYS Website for presence and permanence;
o Representation at NEATC Workforce Development Summit in New York City (1/04);
o Letter to Governor Pataki to support increase in State Budget (1/04);
o Letter to Monroe County Legislature calling for support of Alcoholism Budget;
o Letter to 200(+) NYS Legislators against the growth of the Gambling Industry;
o Collaboration with OASAS on the Recovery Initiative;
o Letter of complaint to Peter Jennings and ABC TV regarding Ecstasy documentary;
o Representation at the OASAS Recovery Summit;
o Collaboration with NYS OASAS on the Communities That Care Initiative;
o Representation at the OASAS CSAP Audit and Provider Review;
o Participation in OASAS CPP/CPS Mandatory Credentialing Policy Discussion;
o Letter calling for a NYS State Bill assuring Parity in COLA increases;
o Letter calling for a NYS Bill prohibiting the Advertising of Gambling;
o Submitted Testimony on the Budget to the NYS Senate Ways and Mean Committee
o Submitted Testimony on Budget the NYS Assembly Committee on
For Example: Timothy’s Law
  A study of 70 health plans in 36 states, found that
      at least 10 major health plans in five states,
   including New York, have failed to comply with
      state laws governing insurance coverage for
"Throughout history,
    it has been the inaction of those who
        could have acted;
    the indifference of those who should have
        known better;
    the silence of the voice of justice when it
        mattered most;
     that has made it possible for evil to

                              -Haile Selassie

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