The Fred Cooper Substance Abuse Services Center (SASC) outpatient program, named after one of our founders, is one of the oldest programs operated by BRC and a one-of-its-kind at the organization. A low-threshold program, SASC provides the setting and support necessary for severely dysfunctional chronic alcoholics and other substance abusers with poor treatment histories to have a reasonable chance of attaining long-term sobriety and stability in their lives.
"We strive to create a family style environment for both staff and clients, alike. We make an effort to help people feel welcome and we are known for accepting almost anyone into our program." - Murray Edwards, SASC Program Director
Many clients at SASC are on the severe end of the mentally-ill and chemically addicted (MICA) spectrum and/or homeless--including clients currently residing in shelters and safe havens, as well as sleeping on the streets or in the transit system--making the program unique in providing specialized services for our clients.
Understanding the road to recovery isn't always linear for our clients, SASC, like all BRC programs, adopt harm reduction (such as offering relapse prevention services) and integrated treatment practices with a goal to stabilize clients and help them reach the highest level of independence. SASC provides on-site substance abuse and mental health treatment, and also connects clients with housing, case management, medication assistance, employment and legal referral services.
"We help clients identify their full potential and we work to help them realize it. One of the great things about working at SASC is being able to see many of our clients regain hope and have success to make progress towards their goals." - Murray Edwards, SASC Program Director
Our holistic and integrated approach helps SASC achieve high positive outcomes. Forty-three percent of clients who receive services from SASC are positively discharged from the program, exceeding New York's expectation of 35 percent. In addition, nearly 400 clients attend individual and/or group sessions, achieving 97 percent of the program's service delivery goals.
These achievements are incredibly remarkable given the barriers our clients face - schizophrenia, schizo-affective, bi-polar and personality disorders - and demonstrate how our philosophy of integrated treatment can provide a caring and effective path to independence and stability.