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Using the unique power of peer supports to enhance recovery and self-empowerment informs CAPS, a peer-run organization serving adults in New York’s capital region recovering from mental illnesses.

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CAPS Videos

Announcing Our First CAPS Videos

These virtual tours of CAPS programs introduce the viewer to CAPS' Victor Pagano Community Drop In Center (CDIC), the administrative areas, the upstairs music, art, and exercise rooms, and the 100 Clinton Ave. Apartment Program, Several staff members, members of the morning program at CDIC, and a resident of the Apartment Program share thoughts about their involvement with CAPS.

CAPS thanks Mary Reilly, who volunteered to edit the video.

Capital Area Peer Services

A group of members in front of the club.CAPS was founded in 1989 as Community Living Associates Program, Inc., by a small group of mental health service recipients in the Albany, NY, who envisioned a housing advocacy service that would be staffed by people in recovery from mental illness. Today CAPS has grown to include five programs:


CAPS, A Peer-Run Organization

A group of members in the club.CAPS, a peer-run agency that serves adults in the capital region of New York who are recovering from mental illnesses, uses the unique power of peer services to enhance recovery and self-empowerment. Our programs enhance the well-being of those we serve through increased community integration, systems advocacy, and problem solving skills in environments that foster self-determination. Capital Area Peer Services (CAPS) promotes dignity, safety, recovery, and community.

CAPS benefits staff and consumers by offering opportunities for companionship and activities, to learn and practice skills applicable to many areas of life, to become more integrated members of the community, and to avoid expensive or lengthy hospital stays.



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Category: Programs

phoneOur CARELine is a confidential non-crisis peer run "warmline" telephone service that anyone can call when they need support. Trained peers will listen with an empathetic ear and promoting problem solving by assisting callers to find their own solutions and various options available to them. When requested, informational referrals to basic services and/or self-help groups may be suggested.

The CARELine believes in the therapeutic value of one peer helping another. Everyone is entitled to a supportive, non-judgemental listener when they need support. A peer who has been through similar feelings and experiences can be that supportive listener. Therefore, the CARELine provides a safe, comfortable place for consumers of mental health services to confide in other consumers in a mutually supporting manner, greatly reducing the need for traditional crisis services and hospital recidivism.

Call the CARELine when

  • You want to talk to someone confidentially.
  • You want to share a positive experience with a peer.
  • You are feeling discouraged and lonely.
  • You need to talk through a decision you are trying to make.
  • You need referrals to other community or self-help programs.
  • Your friends and family members do not understand.

The CARELine is available every day from 5 PM to 1 AM.

Phone: 518-427-5056 ext 2 or ext 115; 518-427-0310

Email us either here or here.

Category: Programs

cdpcOur Peer Advocacy program serves inpatients at CDPC and AMC. Trained peer advocates meet with patients and help them work through problems they may have with their treatment team or treatment plan. They support patients in their efforts at self-advocacy and provide supports for transition from the hospital into the community.

Category: Programs

100 ClintonOur Clinton Avenue Residence houses up to nine individuals who are representative of the neighborhood surrounding it and who are often unable to find housing elsewhere. The three floors house three individuals each. Each floor has a kitchen. This program is a safety net for those who might otherwise feel more unstable in shelters or other more expensive alternatives. Our program serves persons other organizations can't and requires a significant level of staffing.

Residents can stay as long as they need. Here they find safe, supportive housing, medication monitoring, payeeship for those who have difficulty managing their own money, connections to other appropriate services, and opportunities to build personal and community skills.

Category: Programs

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Contact Details

Capital Area Peer Services
354 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12208-2311

P 518.427.5056
F 518.427.5059

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Albany, NY 12208-2311

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