Carlucci: State’s First Recovery High Schools a Major Step in Combatting Opioid Epidemic

NEW CITY – Senator David Carlucci announced that the state is seeking applications from BOCES to implement New York’s first recovery high school programs. These programs will mark a major step in the fight against the opioid epidemic that has taken so many young lives.

Carlucci commended Governor Cuomo on the announcement that two BOCES will host the pilot programs. Senator Carlucci has been a tireless advocate for the introduction of recovery high school programs, sponsoring legislation to establish them within the BOCES system.

Recovery high schools provide a safe and caring environment for students in grades 9-12 living with addiction. Research has shown that after treatment for a substance use disorder, approximately 70 percent of students who return to high school relapse within six months to a year. When implemented as a pilot program in other states, recovery high schools have proven to be an effective model to help youth in recovery stay healthy and graduate.

The state has issued a request for information from interested BOCES and non-profit organizations partnering with one of more BOCES. Responses must be submitted by October 31, 2017. For more information on how to apply, please contact Senator Carlucci’s office at 845-623-3627.

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