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Hazelden and Columbia Psychiatry open 'Tribeca Twelve' collegiate recovery residence

October 6, 2011
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Tribeca Twelve, the first collegiate recovery house in New York City, has been expertly designed by Hazelden and Columbia Psychiatry to teach its residents how to live a long-term lifestyle of sobriety.
The 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that about one fifth of young adults aged 18-25 (21.1%) were classified as needing treatment for alcohol or illicit drug use.

"One of the biggest things student's gain from Tribeca Twelve is that we're not putting them in a bubble," says Mark Mishek, Hazelden president and CEO, about the new facility housed in a completely renovated six-story condo-style building in New York City's vibrant Tribeca neighborhood.

The innovative new Tribeca Twelve is at the forefront of an initiative by Hazelden to invest $42 million to expand youth services nationally. Currently accepting applications from any college bound, undergraduate or graduate student in the metro area, at full capacity Tribeca Twelve will accommodate 30 residents, six on each of five floors, and an additional 25 outpatients on the ground floor clinic.

"These kids are in recovery for a disease," says Hazelden vice president of Public Affairs, William C. Moyers (son of journalist Bill Moyers) who did not benefit from such a program when his own life was disrupted by addiction as a young man. Tribeca Twelve provides a fully integrated continuum of on-site services, highlighted by skilled recovery coaches who work with residents on individualized plans to achieve sobriety and academic goals; drug testing to detect relapse; frequent schedule of Twelve Step meetings, and, with resident's permission, regular communication and involvement for parents and other identified family members.

The students at Tribeca Twelve will benefit from a treatment regimen for co-occurring mental disorders, based on Columbia Psychiatry's highly successful outpatient College Student Program at East 60th Street.

"The two programs complement each other," says Dr. Jon Morgenstern, director of addiction treatment and professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University's Department of Psychiatry. "The availability of a safe, supportive sober living environment will be an ideal fit for many of the young adults in our College Student Program, along with providing state-of-the-art treatment for all Tribeca Twelve residents."

"The needs of youth and young adults are far different than other age groups in treatment," says Hazelden New York executive director, Dr. Barbara Kistenmacher. The brain is still developing and substance abuse during this period of time may lead to lifelong impairments without the appropriate clinically integrated approach to address their complex needs. "At Hazelden, we tell them you can have your life back and Tribeca Twelve will help you get there."

The following people are confirmed to speak/attend at the ribbon cutting event beginning at 4 p.m. and are available for comment:

  • Mark Mishek, president and CEO of Hazelden
  • William C. Moyers, vice president of Public Affairs at Hazelden
  • Chris White, New York Board Chair of Hazelden
  • Dr. Barbara Kistenmacher, executive director of Hazelden's New York facilities
  • Dr. Thomas Farley, health commissioner, City of New York
  • Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, chairman of Columbia University's Department of Psychiatry
  • Dr. Jon Morgenstern, director of addiction treatment and professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University's Department of Psychiatry
  • Dr. Lee Goldman, executive vice president of Health and Biomedical Sciences and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences at Columbia University Medical Center

Other public officials and noted medical and academics expected to attend include:

  • State Senator Thomas K. "Tom" Duane
  • Assembly Member Deborah Glick
  • Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president, Fordham University
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