LIRA Newsletter 2015

Monday, June 01, 2015

Long Island Recovery Association
PO Box 262 Franklin Square NY 11010-0262

Summer/Fall 2015

attention and resources needed. Do not miss

this chance to help make history!
Reserve your seat on our Long Island buses
On Sunday August 30th the 1st Annual Walk
today, email
and Rally was held at SUNY Farmingdale.
October 4th the Day the Silence ends. Join
Nearly 1000 people came out on a steamy
LIRA and more than 630 other organizational
summer day to shine the spotlight on addiction.
partners on the National Mall in Washington
Many groups representing affected families,
DC for a nationwide call to action: UNITE TO
prevention coalitions, treatment provider
FACE ADDICTION. Our time has come!
agencies and the recovery community worked
Thousands of advocates from across the
together to make this a highly successful
country will descend on DC lending their faces
event. The generosity of the sponsors helped
and voices to raise awareness about addiction
to make free tee shirts available with
as a public health crisis and highlight the reality
refreshments and live music too.
of recovery. More than 350 people a day die
Long Island is leading the way with a trend
from alcohol/drug related causes. Over 22
setting example of collaboration as these
million people need treatment and <10% of
sectors joined forces to raise awareness about
those in need get help for a variety of reasons.
the ongoing opiate crisis and openly shared the
More than 23 million Americans are in recovery
reality of long term recovery from addiction. A
from addiction and many are mobilizing to
special thanks to FIST, LICADD, LIRA, PUSH,
address America’s public health crisis.
Drug Free Long Island, Bridgeback to Life,
Be sure to be part of this historic event that will
Family & Children’s Association, Prevention
feature musical performances from Steven
Resource Center, Kings Park in the kNOw,
Tyler (Aerosmith) Joe Walsh (Eagles) Sheryl
Seafield and the Suffolk County Division of
Crow, The Fray, Jason Isbell, the Goo Goo
Community Mental Hygiene all were event
Dolls and many other special guests including
committee members. Lastly a giant shout out
former major league baseball star Darryl
to our very own Anthony Rizzuto of Seafield
Strawberry and television personality Dr. Oz.
for taking the lead role in planning and bringing
Together we emerge from the shadows to end
all of Long Island together to combat addiction.
the silence and forever change the way
Can’t wait until next year!
addiction is addressed in this country.

The day before on October 3d at the Lincoln

memorial the nationwide Fed-Up rally will take

place. Many of our Long Island families and

friends will be attending once again. Why not

plan a 3 day trip to Washington and you can

also attend Recovery Advocacy day on Capitol

Hill Monday October 5th as we press our

federal representatives to end discriminatory

policies and give addiction and recovery the


LIRA members @ LI UNITED: Michelle Louzoun, Richard Buckman, Edmond Hakimi, Suzanne Loevner, and Ed Olsen

An estimated crowd of 1000 flocked to SUNY Farmingdale
Has now been viewed by more than 1 million people and continues to inspire new voices to join our growing movement. LIRA will continue to host community screenings in 2015 and 2016. Our next screening is September 16th 7PM at 535 Broadhollow Rd 2015 in Melville. Stay tuned for other dates.
Albany TAP screening on the legislative concourse: FOR-NYBoard members with Greg Williams
LIRAs Annual Rock N Recovery Celebration
LIRA held its Rock N Recovery VI celebration at the Deer Park Community Center in September 2014. Some 200+ attendees enjoyed a great evening at our free event, while enjoying a delicious hot Italian buffet and celebrating National Recovery Month. More then $2000.00 in scholarship awards and prizes were given away thanks to our many sponsors and donors. LIRA honored two Friend of Recovery Award recipients once again in 2014John Haley and Mark Epleyboth executives with Seafield were recognized for their commitment to recovery and participation and support of advocacy efforts over the years. Seafield has been a major LIRA supporter since our inception more than 15 years ago and we appreciate their genuine commitment to recovery in word and deed.
Friend of Recovery Award Recipients Mark Epley,John Haley
Once again the LIRA board opted to present two separate recovery community scholarship awards (RCSA) of $500.00 each; in 2014 to
Suzanne Loevner and Rise Gibson. Both are women in long term recovery, dedicated recovery advocates and graduates of the Suffolk County Community College Chemical Dependency Studies Program. Rise has since graduated from Stony Brook and is now an MSW. Suzanne is also a student in the social work program and was recently elected to the
LIRA board of directors. Congratulations to these well deserving recipients both shining examples of the proof and power of long term recovery. The cumulative total of RCSA giving
now stands at $5,500 since we started. LIRA
Olsen, Joan Phillips, Anthony Rizzuto,
uses its resources to directly support recovery.
Craig Sehlhoff, Jean Shabkie Fessenden,

Bruce Till & Debbie Turkel-Nardozzi.
A full house celebrates recovery with LIRA in Deer Park
Many sponsors and supporters donated funds, goods, door prizes or resources and helped to make this free event possible. A huge thank you to all contributors for your generosity!
You can see the complete 2014 scroll of honor sponsor/donor list on the last page.
Rock n Recovery committee member Claudia Friszell sure has the spirit while distributing raffle baskets to winners.
We would like to acknowledge the following individuals for their time and energy, helping to make our annual event a huge success: Tina
Bruzzo, Richard Buckman, Nicole Carey, Sue Ferrero, Claudia Friszell, Rise Gibson, Eugenia Karahalias, Suzanne Loevner, Michelle Louzoun, Doreen Mazzei- Buckman, Althea Migliore, Nora Milligan, Ed
Some Rock N Recovery Committee members take a bow
The students in the Chemical Dependency Program for CASAC studies at Suffolk Community College were a big help. Thanks to
Kathy Ayers-Lanzilotta for continuing the tradition of empowering students to participate in LIRA events and advocacy efforts as an adjunct to their CASAC training experience.
Join us this year on Friday Sept 25th 2015 at St Peters Lutheran Church in Huntington Station as we once again celebrate National Recovery Month with our flagship event. LIRA has chosen fellow trailblazers Jeff Reynolds andTeri Kroll as our 2015 Friend of Recovery Award recipients. Congratulations to these two tireless, outstanding advocates! More details available on our web site www.lira-nys.orgPlease consider a donation or sponsorship!
Friends of Recovery New York (FOR-NY)Funding was renewed and increased by OASAS to FOR-NY in a new 5 year contract that will add considerable resources to the growing effort to expand recovery supports across the state. FOR-NY once again hosted the annual statewide Recovery Rally and Advocacy Day in Albany on February 10, 2015. More then 200 advocates statewide, including 50+ from Long Island rallied in support of continuing to confront addiction through pro-
active legislation and by expanding recovery support services across New York State
Jean Fessenden & Suzanne Loevner and LIRA lead the way from the morning rally to the state capitol to meet with legislators.
FOR-NY continues its work to organize and mobilize recovery supporters statewide. Since its inception LIRA has remained a major supporter and significant contributor to theFOR-NY effort and growth. Founded in 2008FOR-NY has recently hired a full team of staff members including Nicole Carey from LIRA to help grow recovery supports statewide.
LIRA started working on improving sober homes more then 10 years ago and the increased reimbursement rate is a specific LIRA recommendation that was approved to reward and incentivize operators who agree to higher standards to improve the quality of life. The National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR) is making significant progress in bringing quality standards to recovery housing across the country. In Florida legislation has just been passed leading to the certification of sober home residences
This past session advocates worked feverishly for passage of a physician education bill which was not voted on in the Assembly. Advocates across the state with a strong push from LIRA,
FIST and LICADD pressed the Assembly until the end of session yet fell short reminding us that more work remains to be done to help stem the tide of opiate addiction.
FOR-NY rallies advocates at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Albany for the Recovery Advocacy Day Rally on February 10, 2015
Several providers were approved to receive the enhanced housing operators rate from Suffolk County DSS for recovery homes. The pilot project is a continuation on our groundwork to improve the quality of living for all especially newcomers in recovery by ensuring they have a clean, healthy and safe residence as they tackle the tasks of early recovery.

Long Island advocates press conference with Suffolk legislators urging passage of a Physician education bill
LIRA & FOR-NY members met with key legislators and the Governor’s office advocating for increased funding for OASAS to support recovery peer services including recovery community organizations and recovery centersOur efforts paid off with a renewal and increase in FOR-NY funding and OASAS received an additional $5 million and planned to make available funding for 4-6 new recovery centers statewide with these resources. Congratulations to all who helped!
On the Federal level the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act (CARA) was introduced in the Senate (S-524) by Senator
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). CARA would promote recovery support services and combat the opiate epidemic by infusing up to $80 million into pro-active programs and services. LIRA with our friends at Metro IAF recruited Senator Chuck Schumer as aco-sponsor and helped persuade Senator Kirstin Gilibrand to sign on as well. On the House side, freshman east end Congressman Lee Zeldin, responded favorably to our direct request for co- sponsorship of the same asHR-953 bill (Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and more recently Rep. Steve Israel agreed to become a co-sponsor too. We continue to pursue representatives Peter King, Kathleen Rice and Gregory Meeks. All of our congressional members should be in favor of this legislation and be willing to co- sponsor. We are on it!
The national voice of the recovery community for nearly 15 years continues to lead the way. The Faces & Voices Board of Directors hired
Patty McCarthy Metcalf a former board member from Vermont as Executive Director to lead Faces & Voices into the future.
The Annual America Honors Recovery AHR Awards dinner was held in Arlington Va. in late July. This annual gala is an incredible event !
landscape with federal representatives, celebrities and other prominent individuals in attendance once againThe stars remain aligned for recovery and we need to keep the momentum going to end the opiate epidemic, eliminate discriminatory policies & practices and increase support for recovery initiatives.
ARCO: The Association of Recovery Community Organizations another Faces and Voices initiative continues to grow and now boasts 103 organizational members across the country with a dozen more applications waiting to be reviewed including some international outfits from Canada, South America and the United Kingdom. Each year ARCO leaders are invited to attend the Executive Leadership
Academy (ELA) which was held on July 23rd & 24th in conjunction with the America Honors recovery banquet this year. Attendees experience cutting workshop and trainings with prominent subject matter experts from across the country.
AHR: Carol McDaid,John Shinholser,Tatiana Green, Richard Buckman
A standing room only ballroom of 250 saw The Anonymous People film maker Greg Williamsreceive the Voice of Recovery Award and former Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment-CSAT Dr H. Westley Clarkreceive the Lisa Mojer-Torres Award. Three deserving advocates received Vernon Johnson Awards and USARA of UTAH was recognized as the Recovery Community Organization of the Year. This annual AHR event is helping to raise the profile of recovery on the national
Some of the >70 ARCO leaders in Arlington VA July 24, 2015
With heavy hearts Faces and Voices of Recovery mourns the tragic loss of Jerry Gillen, long time staff member and Director of Operations. We are reminded how precious life is. RIP Jerry and thank you for your service.
LIRA MEMBERS IN THE SPOTLIGHT Anthony Rizzuto was honored by NASW
Nassau as social worker of the year and received his MSW degree from Adelphi.Richard Buckman was named Chairman of the Board of Directors for Faces and Voices of Recovery in Washington DC.
Tatiana Green is featured in televised public service announcements for OASAS addressing addictions devastation and the power and reality of recovery. Congratulations to these tremendous LIRA member advocates,
Congratulations to our new board members,
Suzanne Loevner, Michelle Louzoun and
Tatiana Green; we applaud your commitment to service, welcome to these powerful women! A special thanks to former LIRA board member Craig Sehlhoff who has embarked on a journey across the country, we wish him well on his path of self discovery.
Continued to host community educational forums helping to inspire more family members to join a growing, vocal and active group of advocates. Led by LIRA board memberAnthony Rizzuto and Long Island family members with support of many individuals, organizations and treatment providers, the FIST presence is being felt across the state providing a venue for families to speak out about the impact of addiction on lives and local communities. We will continue to work closely with our sister group to address all our common areas of concern statewide.
LIRA does not receive any funding; all of our work is done by volunteers including our dedicated board of directors, members of the community, affected families and individuals in recovery. LIRA’s good work is made possible only with the support of our members and friends through various donations. Please consider supporting LIRA by making a 100% tax deductible contribution. Make checks payable to Friends of Recovery LI and mail to LIRA at PO Box 262 Franklin Square NY11010-0262. Your generosity makes it possible for us to continue educational and advocacy efforts and to host community events.
Additional details about LIRA are available on our web site Like us and check out our Facebook page.
Scroll of Honor Sponsors/Donors-2014
Recovery Angel = $2,500
Potential Behavioral Health Advisors
Recovery Champion = $1,000
Seafield Center Inc.
Lakeview Health
Recovery Ambassador = $500
John Haley
Mark Epley
Bridgeback to Life
Long Island Center for Recovery
Recovery Advocate = $250
Karl & Angie Ruhry in Memory of Peter K Ruhry John Buckman
Kenneth Peters Center
EAPA LI Chapter
American Addiction Centers
Phoenix House of Long Island
200 Computer Solutions
Gathering of Light Interspiritual Fellowship
Ambrosia Treatment Centers
Joan Phillips
Recovery Friend = $100
Daytop Family Association
NAFAS-Nassau County Providers
Ken Lavery
Backstretch Employee Service
Central Nassau Guidance
Quality Consortium Suffolk County
Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Mary & Joseph Callan
Nancy Beckett Lawless
Jeff & Maureen Reynolds
Al Buckman & Nina Massey
Bruce & Lois Till
Senator Phil Boyle
Seafield Provider Relations Dept
Richard & Doreen Buckman
Patricia Fulton
Kathy & Paul Lanzillotta
Casandra Willingham
Claudia Friszell
Joseph Ortado
Sober Alliance Inc.
Morningstar Community
Recovery Supporter = $50
Eugenia Karahalias
Nicholas & Marian Karahalias
Sushi Express-North Babylon
Henry Dennis
Ralph Allocco
Ed & Claire Olsen
Jean & Ford Fessenden
Diana Dow Edwards
Robert Swiatko
Cliff Bice
Vanessa Troise
Macon Fessenden
Sheila Gaeckler
Richard Cashman
Thank you all for your generous support of Rock N Recovery VI. Please join us and consider supporting this years event Fri September 252015,7-11PM @ St Peters in Huntington Station

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