Our Mission

Mission Statement

LICADD’s mission is to address the addictive climate of our times by providing initial attention and referral services to individuals, families, and children, through intervention, education and professional guidance to overcome the ravages of alcohol and other drug-related problems.

LICADD’s Programs and Services

This pioneer not-for-profit agency on Long Island has been on a mission to save lives for over 61 years. Our staff is dedicated to helping individuals, families and members of the workplace prevent or recover from alcoholism and/or other drug addictions. We work to further this mission by being passionately engaged in the following initiatives:

Family, Individual and Workplace Chemical Dependency Interventions: professionally guided educational and motivational processes that help a family or workplace “team”, prepare themselves to approach a loved one in a clear, respectful, and loving way about their drug and/or alcohol use with the immediate goal of encouraging them to accept help. Family members are given the tools to care for themselves and the identified patient, if agreeable to treatment, is given the proper assistance to access competent, affordable treatment-on-demand.

Family Education and Support Series: professionally facilitated workshops designed for families who are living with someone who is actively abusing substances. This three-part series will address the disease of alcoholism and drug addiction; the role of the family; and treatment modalities for addiction. Conducted in a supportive group setting, we encourage entire families to attend together. Completion of our series is often a first step towards conducting a planned family intervention.

Chemical Dependency Evaluations and Treatment Referral Services: provides on and off-site professional alcohol and drug related consultation, guidance and custom-tailored treatment referral services for adolescents, adults, and families.

Relapse Prevention Services: provides individualized recovery coaching, case management and relapse prevention groups creating a safety-net of aftercare and support services following substance abuse treatment. LICADD’s certified relapse prevention professional staff can help recovering individuals successfully transition from inpatient treatment back home or into a sober living environment.

Prevention through Education: provides alcohol and other drug risk education for individual, family, and communities from kindergarten through adulthood. Our evidence-based programs include Too Good for Drugs and Teen Intervene. Our Student Assistance Program delivers comprehensive services to educators, parents, and high school students. Our educational services include adolescent evaluations, elementary and middle school interactive modules, support services for children of addicted parents and parent-child communication workshops. A broad range of problem-solving presentations can be custom designed and delivered upon demand for higher education institutions, business groups, faith-based, and community organizations.

Mentoring Services: LICADD’s BUDDY Mentoring Program delivers a wide range of support services to at-risk children of incarcerated parents helping to break the multi-generational cycle of addiction and incarceration. Adult peer-to-peer mentoring services deliver a full range of transitional services to aid the successful transition and re-entry process for ex-offenders back to the community.

Criminal Justice System Alliances: implements state-of-the art diagnostic evaluations, recommendations and treatment referral services for county attorneys, criminal courts, probation services and the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles in connection with DWI or other substance disorder offenses.

Open Arms Employee and Union Member Assistance Services: Long Island’s oldest and most established non-profit EAP provides confidential crisis intervention services, evaluation and assessment, brief interventions, screened referrals and follow-up services for a broad spectrum of personal concerns for employees of Long Island’s companies, labor unions, and school districts. We offer EAP services on Long Island, in New York City and across the Eastern seaboard.

Advocacy Initiatives: work to increase awareness of, and lessen the potential impact of alcoholism and drug dependence. Through our collaborative efforts, we strive to shape public policy and practice in ways that support healthy and safe individuals, families, schools, and communities. LICADD is an affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and maintains interactive relationships with our partners in the treatment community.

LICADD’s Strengths

Throughout its history LICADD has been acclaimed as a leading source of prevention through education and early intervention strategies to solve addiction and family related problems. No other agency on Long Island has amassed a track record for over 61 years, transforming the stigma associated with addiction and assisting Long Islanders of all ages through accurate information and positively charged personal testimony.

As an independent and voluntary not-for-profit agency whose only affiliation is with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), we are able to objectively tailor our programs and services purely in the best interests of our clients.

LICADD’s administrative expertise and responsive managerial structures are evident at all levels of agency operations. The organization is effectively able to balance its professional orientation as a health care agency with the business skills necessary to operate efficiently and effectively. Attention to professional standards is reflected in the agency’s accounting systems, budget and fiscal operation, personnel practices, planning activities and programming operations.

Throughout the agency’s history, the governance has been, and continues to be, representative of the community with the Board of Directors being composed of business leaders, professionals from diverse fields, and concerned laypersons.

LICADD’s staff includes Clinical Social Workers, Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors and Certified Employee Assistance Professionals.

The organization maintains a wide support base in the community because of the population served by the agency’s programs. The legitimacy and importance of the agency’s services is clearly recognized and supported.

Through voluntary contributions, some foundation support and special events, LICADD has been able to provide many of its services at modest fee levels, or in some cases on the basis of appreciative service donations. Money is not, and has never been, a criterion for securing LICADD’s help.