To us at Camelot – the chemical dependency treatment program that opened its doors to troubled youths in 1971 – the name engenders a great deal of pride. Yes, we’re very proud of the accomplishments that have ensued since a group of sincere Staten Island professionals and business people of the former North Shore Kiwanis Club of Staten Island – in response to a real need, used grass roots influence to create Camelot.
Our Camelot has no myths, just plain hard work and real accomplishments. A lot has changed since 1971 . The original storefront has been renovated and upgraded. More important, however, is that our on-going programs are expanding. In fact in 1992 we opened Staten Island’s first chemical dependency residential facility for young male adults with plans to open a residence for females. The most important change has been the increase in our knowledge of chemical dependency treatment … and what it takes to sustain recovery.
Good behavioral therapy is always important, but not the sole ingredient of a successful program. Actually, repairing yesterday’s problems is only half the battle. That’s why we stress teaching down-to-earth life skills, giving clients a sense of self mastery, reducing their feelings of inadequacy, and fostering independence from drugs and government subsidy.
Becoming self-reliant doesn’t mean doing it alone because people in recovery need to feel a sense of belonging. If the old “people, places and things” must go, they must be replaced with a whole new social life based on honesty, trust, caring and joy. Family members, close friends, employers, and significant others are a necessary part of permanent recovery. Through a balance of behavior modification, psychotherapy, education, vocational training, and social enrichment, Camelot provides a holistic approach to chemical dependency treatment.
That’s what Camelot is about; making a dramatic difference in people’s lives. The entire staff is committed to bringing the hope of an independent future to all those who want it.
Camelot is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation licensed by the State of New York. Camelot’s primary funding is provided by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) with further support from:
North Central Kiwanis Club of Staten Island Richmond County Savings Foundation
Staten Island Bank and Trust Foundation
New York City Department of Education
Staten Island Children’s Campaign
Staten Island Rotary Foundation
Camelot Family Association
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan, Jr.
Senator Andrew J. Lanza
Senator Diane J. Savino
Congressman Michael McMahon
Councilman James Oddo
Councilman Vincent lgnizio
Councilwoman Deborah Rose
Assemblyman Michael Cusick
Assemblywoman Janele Hyer-Spencer
S.I. Chamber of Commerce
S.I. Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
S.I Communities of Solutions
Coalition for Community Services
Therapeutic Communities Association of New York, Inc. Association of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Programs of New York State, Inc. (ASAP)