Through a generous donation, we acquired a landmark home in Westons
Mills in 1988 and started Weston's Manor: a 16-bed community residence
for individuals in recovery from chemical dependency.
Prevention became a larger part of
the Council's services in 1992. Prevention provides opportunities
for individuals, families, and the community to learn about themselves
and to reduce and eliminate the risks presented by alcohol and
other drug use. Our Prevention Specialists provide accurate, age
appropriate information and services throughout school districts
in the county and in the community about alcohol, substance abuse
and related issues. The staff of Prevention encourages healthy
alternatives and promotes no use as a viable choice for all individuals.
The Shelter Plus Care program, a
federally subsidized housing program targeting homeless persons
with alcohol, substance or mental health diagnosis, opened in
1995. While residing in the program, participants focus their
efforts on their plans for recovery with additional emphasis placed
on educational and vocational goals.
In 1997, the Council opened Wendy's
Place. The residence, Wendy's Place, is designed to house local
recovering women and their children. Wendy's Place is dedicated
in memory of Wendy Sue Axelson, whose life reflected courage and
hope in facing personal trauma.
Keeping with the Council's record for meeting the changing needs
of the community, an employee assistance program called Perspectives,
signed its first contract in April of 1999. The program has proven
to be successful and continues to serve businesses throughout
To further meet the needs of our
growing community, the Clinic further expanded its services by
opening sites in Salamanca, Machias, and in the Cattaraugus NYS
Office of Family and Children's Services Residential Facilities
at Great Valley and Limestone and at the Randolph Children's Home.
After 35 years of serving our community,
the Cattaraugus County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
changed its name in April of 2009 to the Council on Addiction
Recovery Services, Incorporated.
So much changed in the field of recovery
services such as the research linking addictions such as alcoholism
and gambling. The name no longer reflected the scope of services
provided by the Council. The new name Council on Addiction Recovery
Services truly reflects more accurately on our mission and the
services we are providing.