OASAS Residential Services: Next Step Supportive Living was founded in 1991 in Oneida, New York under the large healthcare organization, Liberty Resources. Next Step is licensed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and serves as a step down from OASAS Residential Services’ Maxwell House program. The organization offers sober living for adult men in the Oneida area.
Accommodations and Amenities
Next Step operates a 21-bed program that consists of five apartments and one house. The apartments have two to three residents per unit and the house accommodates up to seven residents. Both have a combination of single and double rooms. Each apartment has a living room with a TV, shared bathroom space and kitchen with cooking utensils. The house has a kitchen, living room and meeting area for house gatherings. In both the house and apartments, Next Step provides bedding and linens. Although residents are not allowed to have personal laptops or computers, the house and cluster of apartments are in close proximity to a local library that has Internet access.
Residents at Next Step are required to apply for food stamps. The organization takes clients on weekly trips to the grocery store, where they use their stamps to purchase food for the week. Clients are in charge of the preparation and cooking of all of their meals.
Rules and Regulations
As previously mentioned, Next Step serves as a step down for clients who have completed a stay at Maxwell House. Still, applicants must fill out an application and present a bio-psycho-social evaluation before meeting with a Next Step staff member to determine if they are a good fit for the program. Clients stay at Next Step for six months to a year and are required to be simultaneously enrolled in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). They are usually referred to IOPs through local treatment organization, Family Counseling Service. Also, clients who have co-occurring disorders are referred to local mental health providers.
When residents enter Next Step, they are assigned to a case manager who helps them begin working on a discharge plan to help chart out the next steps for when they leave the program. This plan includes both vocational and educational goals including finding a job, transitioning into a safe apartment and possibly returning back to school. The staff also works with clients to help them set up a concrete plan that will hopefully set a foundation for long-term sobriety. The staff also strongly recommends that residents attend local 12-step meetings while in the program.
Residents are required to abide by a strict curfew of 9:30 pm and must receive approval before they receive overnight passes. Next Step also requires residents to complete chores in the house and apartments. The organization also holds weekly house meetings for all residents to discuss roommate issues. The staff consists of a mixture of CASACs and social workers who are available 24 hours a day on-site.
Residents also have access to the local YMCA and are encouraged to regularly attend.
Although OASAS does not offer any family programs, residents are encourages to seek family counseling at their outpatient treatment facility. Residents are required to complete 20 hours of community service per week.
Next Step Supportive Living offers an affordable sober living environment for adult men in the Oneida area. The government support allows clients of all economic backgrounds to be able to participate. The focus on creating a plan for clients when they leave the program, allows them to transition out o it smoothly and successfully. This is a great choice for those seeking an environment that encourages independence and provides residents with the confidence that they can live on their own and remain sober.
OASAS Residential Services: Next Step Supportive Living
218 Liberty St
Oneida, NY 13421
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