Stay'n Out

Stay'n Out Office of Training & Development:

Since the opening of the first two in-prison Stay'n Out programs in 1977, one for men and one for women, New York Therapeutic Communities, Inc. has continually refined the model for effective treatment in correctional facilities. The Stay'n Out programs, which operated for thirty-one years until the New York State fiscal crisis of 2008, provided the proving ground for the model, which has been replicated across the country and internationally.

Since substance abuse and crime are closely linked, prison offers an ideal setting for providing treatment services to inmates whose lives have otherwise reached an impasse. Since 1977, the Stay'n Out model has enabled thousands of individuals to address those attitudes and behaviors which led them to prison in the first place, and to develop the life skills and self-confidence needed to eventually become responsible and tax-paying members of society. The Stay'n Out model has a proven 77% success rate based upon a five-year followup study conducted by National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. (Wexler, Lipton et al, 1992).

The Stay'n Out model uses a modified version of the therapeutic community (TC) model pioneered in the nineteen-sixties. Participants live on separate units from the general prison population, and participate in group settings, individual counseling and special topic workshops. Each person is responsible for his or her own recovery, but also participates in the life of the whole community, taking on job functions and challenging her or his peers to fulfill their own potential.

Participants move through three major phases as they grow in self-awareness and maturity. After completion, some will become assistants to program staff. Upon release from prison, graduates are strongly encouraged to participate in programs like Serendipity to further facilitate their return to family and society.

Training Services:

The Stay’n Out Office of Training & Development offers a number of training opportunities, including week-long immersion training (where students train in an actual therapeutic community), training for new staff at their program site, and follow-up evaluation of implementation of the training. NYTC, Inc. has been certified by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Services as an Education and Training Provider. Over the years, training has been provided to 32 states, including assisting the New York State Department of Correctional Services to implement their own substance abuse treatment programs in correctional facilities. In addition, training for in-prison programs has been provided in nine nations in collaboration with the US Department of State.

Consultative Services:

Training & Development also consults with government agencies and organizations on developing new programs, standards and policies. NYTC, Inc. has consulted with The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Treatment Communities of America (TCA), The American Correctional Association, the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities, the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, and the New York State Association of Substance Abuse Providers (ASAP).


NYTC, Inc. works on the federal and state level with TCA and New York State ASAP to advocate for criminal justice and prison re-entry reform, and to ensure recognition of and funding for substance abuse treatment.

Program Development:

NYTC, Inc. continually explores new program opportunities, including enhancing the continuum-of-care from prison back into the community, serving special populations (such as women, probationers, parolees and veterans, and those with both mental health and addiction issues), and providing substance abuse treatment and complementary human services.

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Serendipity I (For Men)

2071 Fulton Street
(Near Rockaway Avenue)
Brooklyn, New York 11233
Tel: 718-398-0096
Fax: 347-770-8654
Cesar Sosa, Senior Director
Barry Ackerman

Serendipity II (For Women)

944 Bedford Avenue
(Between DeKalb Ave. and Willoughby Street)
Brooklyn, New York 11205
Tel: 718-802-0572
Fax: 718-802-9885
Lisa Alexander, Director
Luz Santiago, Assistant Director

Brooklyn Outpatient Program

2071 Fulton Street
(Near Rockaway Avenue)
Brooklyn, New York 11233
Tel: 347-770-8650
Fax: 347-770-8649
Susan James, Director

Queens Outpatient Program

162-64 Jamaica Avenue, Lower Level
(Entrance on Guy Brewer Boulevard)
Jamaica, New York 11432
Tel: 718-657-2021
Fax: 718-657-0299
Luis Ventura, Director

Center of Treatment Innovation

1665 Pitkin Avenue
(Entrance on Chester)
Brooklyn, New York 11212
Tel: 718-764-6789
Fax: 718-769-6791
Program Director: Clarence Bowden