SPARC and its treatment partners offer a number of other services to support persons in recovery. These programs include:
Drinking Driver Program (DDP)
SPARC's DDP offers a minimum 16-hour program of classroom education conducted over a seven-week period. The curriculum, developed by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, consists of lectures, films, group discussions and self evaluation.
DDP students who are identified as having possible alcohol or substance problems are referred for an evaluation to a certified provider and, if necessary, recommended to a treatment program.
A mandated fee of $225—paid in full by the first session—is due for satisfactory completion of DDP. ALL sessions must be attended in full, and clients must be on time each week for the beginning of each session. Failure to attend all classes results in program dismissal. Clients must completely abstain from alcohol the day of each session.
Contact DDP at 518-525-1612 for more information.
RRSY Admission Review Team
The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) implemented regulations for the delivery of quality Chemical Dependence Residential Rehabilitation Services for Youth (RRSY). The development of this service is based on "Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Services for Individuals under 21 years of age," a federal Medicaid service category.
A major federal-operating requirement is that all Medicaid eligible youth are certified for clinical appropriateness in order to maximize treatment accessibility and effectiveness. OASAS contracts with St. Peter's Behavioral Health Management to develop and administer an admission review team (ART).
ART consists of a physician, a certified social worker and a NYS credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor (CASAC). These professionals examine preadmission review forms submitted by RRSY providers. By completing an ART preadmission review form, the provider attests that admission criteria are fulfilled and that documentation to substantiate each criterion checked yes is in a written record. ART will then issue written certification that the youth can be admitted to the RRSY level of treatment.
RRSY providers may contact ART by telephoning 518-452-6742 or toll free at 1-866-675-5885.
RRSY Provider Manual
RRSY Provider Directory
Preadmission Review Form
St. Peter's Emergency Homeless Shelter
St. Peter's Emergency Homeless Shelter, located at 56 Morton Ave., Albany, is open year round and offers 11 beds (nine male, two female). Shelter residents are referred by the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society (HATAS), which may be reached at 518-463-2124.
The Shelter provides:
- overnight accommodations;
- case management and programming;
- vocational/educational training and referrals;
- interviewing training for apartments and jobs;
- nutrition training;
- personal hygiene training; and,
- spirituality groups self-help support and social activities.
The Shelter may be contacted at 518-472-0450.
Community Self Help and Support Groups
The following information/links are provided for your convenience. SPARC is not affiliated—nor endorses—any of the listed groups.
Alanon, Alateen, Al-Anon Adult Children
St. Peter's Addiction Recovery Center Brochure