Chemical Dependency


324 Lafayette Street
Ground Floor
New York, NY 10012

Phone: 212-533-3281
Fax: 212-343-8856


The BRC Chemical Dependency Crisis Center (CDCC) is a residential, detoxification program which provides shelter to 24 recovering individuals. The program offers both a crisis center and a sub-acute medical detoxification service, depending on need. The program operates 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, and is open to both men and women.

The CDCC provides 24 – hour nursing services as well as professional alcoholism counseling. All consumers are assessed by an RN or Nurse Practitioner, and all care is supervised by a physician. Medication is administered to those who require it to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. Once sober, clients receive individual and group motivational counseling as well as didactic health and alcoholism education, therapeutic activities, and institutional 12-step programs. At CDCC, clients reside in small dormitories under the supervision of a round – the – clock nursing staff. Three nutritious meals are provided daily and medical, dental, and mental health services are available on-site.

Two types of sober individuals are also admitted to the program: Holdover and Safe Harbor. A Holdover admission is a person who is being discharged from an inpatient detoxification program and who has already been accepted by an inpatient aftercare program, but is awaiting an opening. A Safe Harbor admission is a person who has a history of alcoholism and/or drug abuse, and is unable to remain abstinent without admission. Both these types of admissions receive the full complement of program services.

CDCC also provides a medical respite service to clients in need of short – term medical services under the auspices of a physician and a full – time nurse practitioner. There is a nurse supervisor and one technician on each shift. Other staff includes the Program Director, who is a Registered Nurse, three substance abuse counselors, and a part – time recreation therapist.

CDCC is a TRIPS-designated site. TRIPS, or Treatment Info Practice Services, is a project sponsored by Healthcare for the Homeless and is a means to identify projects which utilize best practices for their consumers.


The following criteria will qualify a person for placement in the BRC Chemical Dependency Crisis Center:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • BAC of .050 or greater
  • History of alcoholism and or substance abuse
  • Able to handle non – medical or limited medical detox
  • Must be willing to accept services


  • Clients can walk in off the street
  • Clients can be referred from community agencies, outreach programs, etc.
  • For admission via Safe Harbor or Holdover, clients must have documentation of acceptance to next level of care and documentation of TB status


Licensed by New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), CDCC is funded by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Critical additional support is provided by the foundations, corporations and individuals that contribute to BRC. For a full list of these supporters, please click the Resources button below.


CDCC is located on the ground floor of 324 Lafayette Street between Bleecker and Houston Streets, in Manhattan. 6 Train to Bleecker. BDF, or Q Trains to Broadway/Lafayette (exit at Houston and Lafayette). NR Train to Prince Street, walk 2 blocks East to Lafayette, 1 1/2 blocks North.


Ronald Williams, MHS, CASAC, Program Director
Karen Roach, MA, Assistant Director