Resolution J3144-2013

Commemorating the 36th Anniversary of New York Therapeutic Communities, Inc.

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  • Jun 4, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 4, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 31, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the 36th Anniversary of New York
Therapeutic Communities, Inc., to be celebrated on  June  7,  2013,  and
commending its Stay'n Out, Serendipity, and Outpatient Programs

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of  this Legislative Body to commend those
illustrious organizations of the State  of  New  York  whose  focus  and
intent  make a substantial impact on the quality of life in their commu-
nities; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern and fully in accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  it  is  the  intent  of  this Legislative Body to
commemorate the 36th Anniversary of New  York  Therapeutic  Communities,
Inc.,  to  be  celebrated  on  Friday,  June 7, 2013, and to commend its
Stay'n Out, Serendipity, and Outpatient Programs; and
  WHEREAS, This auspicious occasion will be celebrated at a ceremony and
reception, to be held at the Cathedral Church of Saint John  the  Divine
in Manhattan; and
  WHEREAS,  New  York  Therapeutic Communities, Inc. is a not-for-profit
organization with 36  years  of  experience  providing  substance  abuse
treatment  to adults in the criminal justice system; it operates in-pri-
son and community-based programs utilizing a therapeutic community  (TC)
model; and
  WHEREAS,  Its mission is to help participants effect changes in behav-
ior and attitude that will enable them to make choices appropriate to  a
healthy, positive lifestyle; since its inception in 1977, New York Ther-
apeutic Communities has successfully treated thousands of men and women,
helping  them  to  lead productive lives, free of involvement with drugs
and crime; and
  WHEREAS, A pioneer in the adaptation of TC chemical dependency  treat-
ment methods to the prison setting, New York Therapeutic Communities has
helped  train  corrections  personnel in 38 states and eight other coun-
tries, and has promoted the implementation of in-prison TCs  around  the
world; and
  WHEREAS, New York Therapeutic Communities, Inc. offers substance abuse
treatment  for male and female criminal justice clients with a continuum
of services that enable their successful  re-integration  into  society;
the  two  in-prison  Stay'n  Out units in New York State prisons provide
treatment to persons in preparation for their release;  the  Serendipity
programs  in Brooklyn offer community-based residential treatment and an
alternative-to-incarceration;  and  its  Probation  Ambulatory  Programs
provide  out-patient  treatment  to  high-risk  probationers in New York
City; and
  WHEREAS, Based upon personal  responsibility,  self-help,  and  mutual
care,  the  in-prison Stay'n Out programs have a proven success rate for
those completing all phases of the treatment regime; and
  WHEREAS, In addition to its successful programs, New York  Therapeutic
Communities  continues  to  advocate  for criminal justice reform on the
state and national levels in the vital arenas of  alternatives-to-incar-
ceration and prisoner re-entry back into society; President and founder,
Ronald  Williams,  himself  a  product  of therapeutic communities, also
co-founded Phoenix House and developed the Su Casa program for the Lower
Eastside Service Center; he has worked in the field  for  more  than  40
years; and
  WHEREAS, New York Therapeutic Communities has contributed significant-
ly  to  improving  the lives of those it serves, and their families, and
may be justly proud of its programs and accomplishments, as well as  the
model  it represents for other programs and agencies throughout New York
City, New York State, and the nation; and

  WHEREAS, The success of New York Therapeutic Communities is in  direct
correlation  to  the  efforts  of  its  administration  and staff, whose
involvement is, and always has  been,  characterized  by  an  impressive
commitment,  an  unbridled enthusiasm, and an uncompromising standard of
excellence  in  all endeavors on behalf of the agency and the population
it serves; and
  WHEREAS, As it celebrates its 36th Anniversary of service, this Legis-
lative Body is pleased to have the  opportunity  to  applaud  all  those
associated  with  New  York  Therapeutic  Communities over the years for
their dedication to addressing problems of significant societal concern;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the  36th  Anniversary of New York Therapeutic Communities,
Inc., to be celebrated on June 7, 2013, and to commend its  Stay'n  Out,
Serendipity, and Outpatient Programs; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to New York Therapeutic Communities, Inc.

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