ABOUT CAZENOVIA RECOVERY SYSTEMS - UNITY HOUSE
Cazenovia Recovery Systems is a private nonprofit agency that provides a continuum of residential treatment and reintegration services in New York for individuals who are struggling with substance use and/or co-occurring mental health disorders.
Located between the Kingsley and Emerson neighborhoods of eastern Buffalo, Unity House is a community residence for adult men who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness. The program offers intensive transitional care focused on holistic recovery. In New York, just 19.7 percent (166) of the state’s 842 rehab facilities offer residential long-term care, and 64.5 percent provide services tailored for men.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
As a three-to-six-month reintegration program, Unity House typically serves clients who have completed initial treatment, according to the Cazenovia Recovery Systems website.
All of Cazenovia’s programs provide trauma-informed care. Self-help meetings are held on-site, and residents can expect to choose from an array of group therapy sessions. Among the evidence-based practices at this facility are motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and medication-assisted therapy (MAT). Just 9.9 percent of New York facilities offer MAT.
In addition, Unity House supports development of daily living skills, vocational skills, and plans for continuing education. IN New York, 52.3 percent of facilities provide some form of employment counseling or training. Alumni of the program have access to special events, current facility activities, and on-site self-help meetings.
Unity House employs advanced credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselors (CASAC).
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Cazenovia Recovery Center’s Unity House accommodates up to 24 men at a time in semi-private rooms, below the New York residential rehab average capacity of 26. Residents share a back deck and an exercise room, and the facility is handicapped-accessible and located on a primary public transportation route. On-site meals are provided.
Rehabs.com has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, or staff. Other secondary review sites at the time of this writing yielded mixed feedback with an overall positive trend. On Google, about 25 written reviews left for various Cazenovia facilities suggested strong satisfaction from a majority of former clients. More than one-third indicated that their time in treatment was successful. Alumni also highlighted the caring staff. Fewer than 10 percent characterized the program as disorganized or staff as incompetent.
In a separate listing specifically for Unity House, 14 Google reviews had an average rating of 2.7 out of five stars. Two alumni concurred with other reviewers that the facility was a “good place for recovery,” while one reported insufficient one-on-one therapy.
Feedback from former and current employees of Cazenovia Recovery facilities in Buffalo typically represented a supportive, but straining environment in eight reviews averaging 2.9 out of five stars on Indeed and seven with the same rating on Glassdoor.  Staff conflicts and management concerns were among the repeated comments, while a representative staffer wrote: “Working with residents was the best part of the job.”
Admissions information on the facility’s website references public assistance, Social Security, health insurance, and private pay.
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