ANNOUNCEMENT: NYC Criminal Justice and Treatment Conference

Dear colleagues:

The planning committee for the annual NYC Criminal Justice and Treatment Conference is disappointed to announce that we have been unable to secure the venue for this year’s conference. Due to changes in leadership at Kingsborough Community College, they were not able to commit to our event and allow the planning committee ample time to put together a conference at the level that everyone has come to expect. Sadly, there will not be a NYC Criminal Justice and Treatment Conference this fall.

However, many of those on the planning committee are also involved in the planning of the statewide conference, which will be held from March 4th through 6th, 2015, in Saratoga Springs, NY. The theme of this year’s conference will be “Treatment and Addiction: Staying Ahead of the Curve.”

Please follow the below link for information on this conference:

We encourage all attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors of our conference to support the statewide conference in Saratoga.
It is our intention to secure a new venue for our next NYC conference, which will be held in November of 2015.
Thanks for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you all in 2015.

NY Drug Court

Reel Recovery Film Festival – New York – 2013

Reel Recovery Film Festival

The Reel Recovery Film Festival will be landing in New York from September 27 – October 3. Check their website for the upcoming schedule.

Clinical Supervision in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling

Clinical Supervision

On June 14th, Nick Lessa led a presentation at the monthly ATPA Clinical Improvement Meeting, on section one of David Powell’s classic book, Clinical Supervision in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling.  Section one of the book focused on the principles of clinical supervision.  The presentation focused on common errors of an untrained supervisor, key features of a good clinical relationship, the differences between administrative supervision and clinical supervision, Powell’s definition of clinical supervision, traits of an effective supervisor, and leadership principles.

The presentation led to a lively discussion among the participants of their own involvements with experienced and inexperienced supervisors, agency practices around clinical supervision, and examples of difficulties supervising counselors.  On July 19th, the group will reconvene and agreed to discuss “models of clinical supervision” from the same book.


F.I.S.T. – Families in Support of Treatment


ATPA’s May 31 2013 Meeting

On Friday, May 31st, ATPA hosted its May monthly meeting in New York.  OASAS Chief Legal Counsel Rob Kent and Associate Counsel Trisha R. Schell-Guy were invited to join ATPA members and the well-attended meeting featured an open forum discussion with Kent and Schell-Guy on a number of issues pertaining to the field of addiction treatment services including:

  • BHO Update
  • Justice Center: Criminal Background Checks
  • Executive Order 38 Update
  • 1115 Waiver Implications for OASAS and SUD Providers
  • Managed Care
    • Medical Necessity
    • LOCADTR 3
    • Opiate IP Detox Mass Denials by MCOs
  • OP Clinic Issue: Utilization Threshold Concerns
  • Fiscal viability scores associated with for-profit entities
ATPA Meeting

On Friday, May 31st, ATPA members hosted an open forum discussion with OASAS Chief Legal Counsel Rob Kent and Associate Counsel Trisha R. Schell-Guy.

OASAS Chief Legal Counsel Rob Kent takes a question during a discussion with members at the May ATPA meeting.

OASAS Chief Legal Counsel Rob Kent takes a question during a discussion with members at the May ATPA meeting.

Sober St. Patrick’s Day 2013


Sober St. Patrick’s Day® Returns to NYC on March 16, 2013

After its inaugural sold-out success in 2012, this alcohol-free celebration of all things Irish will again take place after the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

All-Ireland Champion musicians John Whelan and Brian Conway will headline this year’s second annual event.

Sober St. Patrick’s Day® now spreading to other cities.

February 15, 2013 – In one year, Sober St. Patrick’s Day® has established itself as a family friendly option for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the greenest day on the world calendar. Over the years, the holiday has become associated with binge drinking and public intoxication, which reinforces the stereotype of the “Drunken Irish.” This negative image alienates large segments of the community: families with young children, teens, senior citizens, members of the recovery community and many others who have stopped celebrating the day due to concerns about out-of-control behavior.

Sober St. Patrick’s Day® was created as a fresh alternative for those who want to celebrate the holiday in an alcohol-free atmosphere. The event, which is in its second year, was launched by award-winning TV producer William Spencer Reilly, and features an entertainment lineup that includes world-class Irish musicians, dancers and comedians.

“Our mission is to reclaim the true spirit of the day, and to change the perception of what St. Patrick’s Day can be,” said Reilly. “We’re doing this by providing an event that focuses on the richness of Irish culture, in a rip- roaring party. For anyone not in recovery, we’re not against anyone enjoying a couple of drinks on St. Patrick’s Day; we’re just against the practice of some people using the holiday as an excuse to get drunk.”

This year’s diverse lineup features a host of internationally-acclaimed artists, including JOHN WHELAN (eight-time All Ireland Champion Button Accordion player); BRIAN CONWAY (five-time All Ireland Champion fiddle player), HALEY RICHARDSON (10-year-old Irish Fiddle Champion) and MALACHY McCOURT (author, actor and raconteur). Also scheduled to appear are Brendan Dolan, Tara O’Grady, Marie Reilly, Fiona Conway, the Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance plus special surprise celebrity guests and political leaders. Noel Kilkenny, the Consul General of Ireland, will be attending again this year. George Heslin of Origin Theatre Company will serve as the MC. Two-time Tony Award nominee Peter Link will direct.

Sober St. Patrick’s Day® will launch its first international satellite event this year. The Belfast City Council in Northern Ireland recently announced that they will be incorporating Sober St. Patrick’s Day® into their St. Patrick’s Day Festival this year. More details will be made available next week.

Sober St. Patrick’s Day®
Saturday, March 16, 2013, from 3 to 6 p.m. (Parade day in Manhattan)

at Regis High School (60 East 85th Street, NYC)
Tickets: $12 / person, includes light refreshments
For information and tickets visit
PRESS INQUIRIES: Eileen Murphy, Media Director, (917) 727-2208

Sponsors for Sober St. Patrick’s Day® include: PepsiCo, The O’Sullivan Children Foundation, Caron Treatment Centers, Seabrook House, William C. Dowling Jr. Foundation, Tourism Ireland–The Gathering, Betty Ford Center, Hazelden, Northern Ireland Bureau, PRMA, NACoA, Father Martin’s Ashley, Freedom Institute, Inter-Care, Faces & Voices of Recovery, Creative Care Malibu, ATPA, Realization Center, Café Regular, New York Center for Living, NCADD, Bridge Back to Life, Inc. and individual donors Ruth Riddick, Sean Driscoll and Sis Wenger.