WHAT IS A "RECOVERY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION (RCO)?"
Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) are independent, non-profit organizations led by local recovery allies. Allies may be people in long-term recovery, their families and friends, recovery-focused professionals or simply concerned citizens with an interest in providing support.
The Difference Between Achieving Recovery and Sustaining Recovery
In practice, achieving recovery deals with the short-term treatment of addiction, whereas sustaining recovery brings in the long-term process of developing healthy and meaningful lives. According to the Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO) at Faces and Voices of Recovery, RCOs help to bridge the gap between professional treatment and building healthy and successful lives in long-term recovery. They increase the visibility and influence of the recovery community and engage in one or more of three core activities:
Recovery Community Organizations in New York State
Ultimately, RCOs create a culture that supports and sustains recovery for individuals and their families. While these vital organizations are making a difference in their communities, far too many communities still don’t have one of their own.
FOR-NY is committed to helping to develop a Recovery Community Organization in every county across the state. "We’re providing technical assistance and support to existing RCOs and helping others to start them in counties where none yet exist. FOR-NY is committed to supporting Mountaintop Cares Coalition in any and all capacities that we are able.
Looking for even more information about Recovery Community Organizations? Examples of best practices for creating and organizing structure, working with the community and more, can be found in our RCO Toolkit". ~FOR-NY
You can find some valuable data concerning Recovery Community Centers at the link below:
Mountain Top Cares Coalition, Inc.
Who is MCC?
Mountain Top Cares Coalition is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a non-clinical recovery community organization (RCO), serving people with substance use disorders, people in recovery, their families, and allies to recovery, in the mountain top communities of Greene County New York.
What are RCOs?
Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) Provides a community based, non-clinical setting that is safe, welcoming, and alcohol and drug free. The RCO promotes long term recovery through skill building, recreation, wellness education, employment readiness, civic restoration opportunities and other social activities. Access to peer advocates, recovery coaches and addiction peer specialists help to further enhance the recovery process.
What is the mission of MCC?
Our mission is to promote recovery and empower those we serve and their families through advocacy, referrals, education, and peer support.
What is MCC’s vision?
We envision a world in which recovery from addiction is not only possible but celebrated, and where effective prevention, treatment and support services are accessible and that all who seek recovery have access to the care and resources they need to achieve their goals. We believe in community action, neighbor helping neighbor and ensuring that no one is left behind.
What we believe:
What MCC is not:
MCC is not a halfway house, a detox center, a treatment center, a rehab center, an acute care center, a residential center, or a clinical or medical facility. MCC does not dispense or prescribe medications.
What are the hours of operation at MCC’s physical location?
Once open, hours will be set by community need will remain flexible. We envision using the space with set drop-in hours and also appointments for individuals to provide resource options for recovery such as peer to peer support services, training and skills development. The Recovery center will have a welcoming atmosphere to discover oneself in a loving and safe community.
What are the services -now and in the future -provided at the physical location?
·Peer to Peer support services with our Certified Recovery Peer Advocates
o CRPAs will be available by phone, and in person by appointment, for non-clinical peer support, advocacy support, and linkage to services
· Organize and administrate Narcan trainings
· Access to Telehealth
o There have been problems with transportation and connectivity in the homes of clients on the mountain. This may be a solution for many, and assist a client in staying connected to health services.
· Host trainings such as ‘the Science of Addiction’
· Host Community Forums-expert panels and Q&A
· Family Support Groups
· Recovery Oriented Employment Services
· Recovery Friendly social events
o Program in development. Details to be discussed.
· Community Outreach-serving the community-food deliveries, cloths drive etc.
· Supervised and supported access to phone, computer, internet, and/or telehealth for.
What other services does MCC provide outside of the physical location?
· We offer a helpline where people in need of support can call for support or referrals,
· We are working with many mountaintop food pantries to help deliver food to those in recovery who are in need of food who do not have transportation,
· Connecting people in recovery with recovery friendly employers
· Offering peer support meetings out of a private Wellness Rx Pharmacy consultation room in Tannersville,
· Women in recovery workshops (helps keep families together and functioning, helps woman know about pregnancy and substance use, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome),
· Hosting monthly virtual Naloxone trainings,
· Hosting educational community forums dealing with issues of substance use disorder
· Monthly Friends and Volunteer meetings once COVID-19 restrictions lifted.
o Host meetings for members of the community who wished to learn about our work and wanted to volunteer their time in different ways
Who will be offering each of the services?
· We have 3 certified CRPAs, 3 certified Naloxone trainers, a board of volunteers with diverse backgrounds who are in recovery or who have/had family members or friends with issues of addiction. Several board members are also certified as trainers in the science of addiction, and naloxone administration training. We are a referral service as well, working with other agencies in the field of recovery.
What is a Certified Recovery Peer Advocates (CRPA)
· CRPAs provide non-clinical, face-to-face peer support service designed to initiate recovery, maintain recovery and maintain the quality of personal and family life in long-term recovery.
· Utilizing their recovery expertise and experience, CRPAs may also provide the following services:
o Develop recovery plans
o Raise awareness of existing social and other support services
o Model coping skill and assist with applying for benefits
o Provide non-clinical crisis support
o Work with participants to identify strengths
o Link participants to formal recovery supports
o Educate program participants about various modes of recovery
o Engage individuals to consider entering addiction treatment programs
· A CRPA is not authorized to assess, diagnose or treat addiction or mental health issues.
What is Naloxone/Narcan?
· There seems to be quite a bit of confusion about the medication Naloxone (brand name, Narcan) that we hope to clarify. Narcan is not a medication that is used on a regular basis. Narcan is an antidote for an acute opioid overdose. It is given as a single use nasal spray, and is only used for saving a life in an overdose situation. It is currently used by fire, police and EMS personnel. It has few side effects and has been shown to be extremely safe.
· Narcan has no value to anyone other than in a life-saving situation to reverse an overdose. It can not be used to get high. Because Narcan blocks the effects of opioid drugs its use will prevent a high.
· Mountain Top Cares Coalition conducts training sessions on the use of Narcan. Such training must be conducted by an approved trainer who has undergone the appropriate education as defined by the NYS Department of Health. We provide this service to help educate people in the community on the proper use of Narcan as a way to help prevent overdose deaths. This is similar to CPR training or training for the use of AEDs.
Will Naloxone be available at the physical location, and if so, how much?
· A small amount of Narcan may be available on our site for use in the rare case that an overdose victim presents in the vicinity.
· To clarify a statement in a newspaper article, Narcan will not be “administered” at MCC. One does not administer Narcan to a person for any other reason than in an emergency situation to try to save someone’s life from an overdose. If there is a life-threatening overdose situation, which we do not anticipate, we intend to be prepared, just as anyone would be who carries Narcan such as fire, police, or EMS personnel.
What organizations will MCC be working with in Greene and/or Columbia County?
· MCC will help facilitate and refer people to social services, recovery resources and any other county agencies available that we feel fit the need of the person coming to us for support. We can assist people with making phone calls or filling out paperwork for recovery or other needed services.
Is there a need for a Recovery Center?
· Greene County has one of the highest rates of overprescribing in the state
· Rural communities are three times more likely to suffer from substance use issues than urban areas
· Since the COVID-19 Virus, overdoses have nearly doubled.
· This rate increase is greater than any other New York County (excluding New York City), including neighboring Columbia and Albany Counties per capita
What is the overall benefit to the Taxpayer and the town?
From the Surgeon General:
Benefits of active recovery services:
We hope that this information is helpful in understanding the purpose and mission of our nonprofit. We want to be a beacon of light in our community to help those in recovery stay in recovery, and those who are seeking help get the support needed to become drug or alcohol free. We celebrate each individual's journey into recovery and hope to help prevent and reduce addiction in our community.
- Mountain Top Cares Coalition
MCC is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Specific information concerning the programs and activities for which contributions are solicited are available upon request, as are our legal and financial fillings. Please contact us at: Mountain Top Cares Coalition Inc., PO Box 895, Windham, NY 12496. Alternatively, this information may be obtained from the NYS Charities Bureau (www.charitiesnys.com) or by calling (212)416-8686.