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Substance Abuse Services

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Supporting Complex Recovery

Founded by a group of recovering alcoholics seeking to improve their living conditions, BRC knows that substance abuse is one of the most common and challenging barriers to health and housing stability for clients.

BRC's in- and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs serve more than 500 men and women each year, addressing the complex needs of people with substance abuse disorders, advanced chemical addiction, and mental illness.

Our programs universally adopt harm reduction practices such as relapse prevention services, providing links to syringe exchanges, or buprenoprhine or methadone maintenance care.

Fred Cooper Substance Abuse Services Center (SASC)

In addition to detox, BRC offers outpatient substance abuse treatment at the Fred Cooper Substance Abuse Service Center (SASC). One of a number of BRC’s low-threshold programs, SASC provides the setting and support necessary for chronic substance abusers with poor treatment histories and often dually diagnosed mental health disorders to work toward long-term sobriety and stability.

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. In addition to on-site substance abuse treatment SASC provides mental health treatment, and connects clients with housing, case management, medication assistance, employment, and legal referral services.


Forty percent of clients who receive services from SASC are positively discharged from the program, exceeding New York's expectation of 35%. In addition, nearly 300 clients attend individual and/or group sessions, achieving 81% 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.

Chemical Dependency Crisis Center (CDCC)

BRC’s Chemical Dependency Crisis Center (CDCC) provides 32 beds of supportive substance abuse treatment, and treatment-based residential stabilization and rehabilitation, for men and women experiencing homelessness.

Services include:

  • Medication assisted treatment  

  • Individual and group counseling utilizing evidence based practices 

  • Medical and psychiatric support 

  • Didactic health and substance abuse education

  • Therapeutic activities 

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