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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.

Need Help?

Call our CareLine

427-5056 ext 115
5 PM to 1 AM

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.

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.

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 activites 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 meeting with members and staff to discuss involvment 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 Community Drop-In Center in honor of one of our early executive directors.

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

100 ClintonOur Community 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, payees for those who have difficulty managing their own money, connections to other appropriate services, and opportunities to build personal and community skills.

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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