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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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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.




Club member holding the door to welcome you.A welcoming, warm, dry safe place to be that's open when other programs are closed. Past and present activities at CDIC include

  • Hot dinner served
  • Can just sit quietly, nap, read, watch TV, movies
  • Social opportunities such as games, conversation, parties
  • Self-help and peer support groups such as Anger Management, MICA, and Support Group.
  • Community speakers
  • Music room
  • Exercise room
  • Weekly meetings with members and staff to discuss involvement in the club.
  • Arts & Crafts, Writing Group
  • Hot Topics
  • Free, on-site HIV and blood pressure testing, flu shots
  • Benefits counseling
  • Clothing and household goods bank

In 2009, CDIC was renamed to The Victor Pagano Consumer Drop-In Center in honor of one of our early executive directors.

CDIC is open Monday through Saturday from 2 pm until 8 pm; Sunday and holidays from 12 pm to 6 pm.

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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