Since 1974. Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC) has been serving the Chautauqua County community by providing prevention services, education, and support for those struggling with the impact and consequences of alcoholism and other substance use disorders.
CASAC has consistently advocated on behalf of the addicted person and educated the public about the progressive disease of addiction, striving to minimize the stigma associated – and reduce barriers to help, healing and long-term recovery. Throughout the years, many Chautauqua County residents have turned to CASAC for help, for themselves or their families. More than ever, CASAC remains committed to helping individuals, strengthening families and building healthy communities in Chautauqua County, New York.
CASAC’s mission is to build a safer, healthier community by effectively addressing alcohol, other drugs and related high-risk behaviors through Advocacy, Hope, and Awareness.
In 1974, in response to a deeply felt community need, a citizen study group recommended the formation of a drop-in center to provide a place for alcoholics and their families to meet with counselors for intervention services, and to begin building a new alcohol-free life. The Jamestown Area Council on Alcoholism was formed, later to become Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC.)
Affiliation with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) began in 1975. CASAC is the only New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services approved and supported prevention agency in Chautauqua County, New York. CASAC receives funding from the United Way.
CASAC’s prevention services provide help for problems from progressing or preventing problems in the future. CASAC believes that the stigma of addiction which prevents people from seeking help must be reduced or eliminated.
CASAC provides evidence-based prevention programs and services that have been scientifically tested and identified to be effective approaches in preventing problems related to alcohol and other drugs. CASAC’s programs strive to enhance protective factors and reduce risk factors for youth problem behaviours.
CASAC programs and services are available for individuals of all ages including students, school faculty, parents, families, local organizations, businesses, and the community-at-large. A variety of evidence-based prevention programs can be scheduled to meet the needs of local school districts. CASAC also provides programs to incarcerated youth in the Chautauqua County Jail. A listing of CASAC evidence-based programs is available.
Over the years, many Chautauqua County residents have turned to CASAC for help, for themselves or their families. More than ever, CASAC remains committed to helping individuals, strengthening families and building healthy communities in Chautauqua County, New York.
CASAC offers confidential services that provide education, information, screening and referral to individuals, families, or groups. Local law enforcement agencies may also refer individuals to CASAC for educational sessions. Topics range from basic alcohol and other drug information to refusal skills, relapse prevention, addiction issues, the disease concept, life skills, and alcoholism as a family disease. For those who may have a family member experiencing problems, CASAC offers a process called Family Intervention.
CASAC schedules customized in-house training and in-service workshops throughout the year. Offerings address the interests and needs of community members and professionals working in the fields of prevention, treatment, counseling, human services, health care, spirituality, education, child care, law enforcement, judicial system, business and industry.
Training hours are NYS OASAS approved for those requiring CASAC, CPP, CPS, CASAC-G and CPP-G hours as well as those aspiring to learn more about chemical dependency, problem gambling, and related topics. Trainings are scheduled quarterly. A full listing of current offerings, general training information and descriptions are available on CASAC’s website.
CASAC’s mission is to build a safer, healthier community by effectively addressing alcohol, other drugs and related high-risk behaviors through advocacy, hope and awareness. CASAC actively promotes a comprehensive approach for community coalition development. Through the use of evidence based environmental strategies, communities can reduce the availability, improve policies and laws, and change social norms. By connecting multiple sectors of the community in a comprehensive approach, positive outcomes can be achieved to make our communities safer, healthier and drug-free.