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One of our purposes is to represent the legislative concerns of our membership in Albany.

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Association of Addiction Recovery Care Homes of
New York


Current Board of Directors  
Elizabeth Nemcek
Telephone: (315) 792- 1007
Email: enemcek@ccharityom.org
Vice President:
Denise Yourdon
Telephone: (315) 792-1007
Email: dyourdon@ccharityom.org
Emily Hart
Telephone: (607) 756-9313
Email: ehart@ccocc.org
Frederick Sumner
Telephone: (518) 434-8083
Email: fsumner@theacca.net

Recovery Homes teach their residents to practice the principles of long term recovery. They provide cost effective, holistic care for individuals with substance use disorders that lack a safe, and sober support network in their community.

Residential Recovery Programs:
- Return residents to their communities as productive tax paying citizens.
- Reduce our dependence on publicly funded programs.
- Save lives.
- Assist residents to regain dignity and self-respect.
- Reduce the cost of alcohol and other substance abuse to society as a whole.

These Residential Programs are the oldest facets of the continuum of care for the treatment of substance use disorders. The chances of an individual staying in the recovery process are enhanced by the use of our residences working in cooperation with other treatment services and self-help programs.

AARCH is a network of Recovery Residences in New York State whose purpose is to:
- advocate for the development of residential programs.
- represent the legislative concerns of our membership in Albany.
- propose and advocate for public policy changes that affect the operation of our residences.
- assist one another in improving the operation of all our residences.
- help agencies that are opening new Residential Recovery Services.
- train the staffs of our residences to provide better quality care.
- train professionals in other treatment settings to work with our residences.

AARCH believes that the needs of the individuals we serve are best met by each program developing its own identity and integrity with a minimum of government regulation. The process for enacting our business includes caring and sharing among the membership for the benefit of all agencies and people involved with our programs in New York State.

AARCH was formed in 1979 by individuals concerned with the advancement of the recovery movement. They understood that sharing our experience, strengths and hopes would benefit all residences in the same way that this sharing enhances the individual's recovery.

AARCH continues to be a grassroots movement. We believe that the nearly constant contact with newly recovering people in our residences allows us to better understand and advocate for their needs.

AARCH member agencies rely on self-help programs, peer group support and the concept of caring and sharing to help a resident reach his or her goals. The staff, while they may be highly trained clinicians, functions primarily as guides through the recovery process.

These residences are a bridge between treatment and independent living.



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