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Substance Abuse Treatment

More than a third of BRC's clients have a history of drug or alcohol addiction, and BRC offers detox, rehab, and harm reduction services that help thousands find and sustain sobriety.

BRC was founded by a group of recovering alcoholics seeking to improve their living conditions. We know well that substance abuse is one of the most common and most challenging barriers to health and housing stability.

BRC's in- and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs address the complex needs of homeless people with substance abuse disorders and advanced chemical addiction.

And throughout all our programs, we help our clients find, enroll and succeed in substance abuse programs so they can achieve their highest level of recovery.

While we encourage our clients to address substance abuse issues and pursue sobriety, we also recognize not all clients share this goal and that, even for those who do, the road to recovery is not always linear.

As such, BRC programs universally adopt harm reduction practices such as offering relapse prevention services and linking to syringe exchange or buprenoprhine or methadone maintenance care.

BRC's two addiction treatment programs, licensed by NY State and located at our West 25th Street location, meet the recovery needs of over 2,600 men and women each year.

Chemical Dependency Crisis Center

BRC’s Chemical Dependency Crisis Center (CDCC) provides 32 beds of supportive treatment for substance abuse for homeless men and women. All our activities are aimed at preparing clients to re-enter the community with the supports in place to aid their recovery.

Services include:

  • Medically supervised detoxification 
  • Medication assisted treatment  
  • Individual and group counseling utilizing evidence based practices 
  • Medical and psychiatric support 
  • Didactic health and substance abuse education
  • Therapeutic activities 

In December 2014, we launched a pilot project at CDCC that adds medically supervised withdrawal services to the program’s existing medically monitored withdrawal services. In October of 2017, we expanded further to change our medically monitored withdrawal services to the more clinically focused treatment based residential stabilization and rehabilitation.

The integration of these levels of care at one program is an innovative model of patient-centered care that enables BRC to better serve clients with a variety of needs at a significantly lower cost than a hospital-based program.

With additional funding from Medicaid redesign and New York City, we are able to work with clients therapeutically to meet their needs in a holistic way.

Fred Cooper Substance Abuse Services Center

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.

Addiction Physician of the Year (2014)

In recognition of BRC's excellence, and the professional staff who help make that possible, in 2014 BRC's chief medical officer, Dr. Angela Kedzior, was named by Governor Andrew Cuomo as New York State's addiction physician of the year.


From the Desk of Muzzy

Rather than create wealth for private developers, could we use the same shelter contract to create housing for low-income people?

Muzzy Rosenblatt,
CEO & President