The mission of the Central Region Addiction Resource Center (CRARC) is to “establish a capacity to coordinate community resources, increase cross-sector collaboration on substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts and aid community members in raising the awareness of current substance abuse issues and locating services within their region.”
The goal of the CRARC is to not only reduce the stigma around opioid addiction by collaborating regionally but to give people in the Central Region access to the resources available in Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga & Oswego counties Through working in partnership, we work collaboratively across sectors to provide communities the chance to share resources, address concerns and put in place a more comprehensive plan to address all aspects of addiction to best help the people in need. It is vital that we recognize the importance of working together, discussing needs in each community, and plan how to best help people not just at a local level, but as a region.
“This is not an “Us-vs-Them” topic. It is a topic that pertains to everyone single person, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, income, or status. Our mission is to eliminate the idea of “them” and understand that through compassion, understanding, and connection we can make a difference. I feel like sometimes people get intimidated by this massive topic because it’s a topic most often met with anger and misunderstanding. Rightfully so, this is not the easiest to talk about sometimes, but the silver lining is that we are all capable of strengthening our community. Through compassion, connection, and understanding we are building a resilient community and that’s where there is hope.”
-Mica Gonzalez, Coordinator of the Central Region Addiction Resource Center
The Central Region Addiction Resource Center cannot thank the Collaborators below enough for their dedication, selflessness & passion for helping those in need. To collaborate with us, click the title above.