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2017-06-28 / News

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council Moves to New Main Street Delhi Location

By Rosie Cunningham


Mary Rosenthal Executive Director of Assistant Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Delaware County (ADAC) and ADAC Assistant Director Justin Hamm, stand outside of their new location Tuesday which is located next to the Blue Bee Cafe. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Mary Rosenthal Executive Director of Assistant Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Delaware County (ADAC) and ADAC Assistant Director Justin Hamm, stand outside of their new location Tuesday which is located next to the Blue Bee Cafe. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter DELHI - The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Delaware County (ADAC) is the same great resource but in a new location.

ADAC moved from its 72 Main Street location to 116 Main Street in the village of Delhi.

ADAC’s mission statement is dedicated to the prevention of alcohol and substance abuse by providing education, information and referral services.

ADAC is a powerful community resource and partner whose effective core services reach youth, adults and seniors throughout Delaware County. The Council will vigorously advocate for change in individuals, families and communities, resulting in healthy, positive choices.

“We needed more space,” said assistant director Justin Hamm of the move. “Our former landlord, Jim Bramley, was great and did so well by us - but, we would like to expand. And, it’s nice to be on the ground level because we are more visible to those passing by.”


Amanda Martin Decker in the classroom at Roxbury Central School. 
Contributed Photo Amanda Martin Decker in the classroom at Roxbury Central School. Contributed Photo ADAC employs five full-time individuals as well as one parttime employee. The employees include Mary Rosenthal, Executive Director/IDP Director; Assistant Director Justin Hamm; Amanda Martin Decker, Program Director/ Prevention Specialist; Kayliegh Riordan, Program Assistant/IDP Coordinator and Derek Johnson, Recovery Coach.

ADAC, which began in 1977, works closely with Delaware County Alcohol Abuse in Hamden.

“We are involved in the prevention portion of drug and alcohol abuse while they are involved in intervention and recovery,” said Hamm. “But, our directors work together regularly.”

Hamm said the staff is constantly busy and is active in a school-based community outreach program which involves nine of the 12 area schools - meeting with approximately 1,000 students each week.

“We are looking to be in all 12,” said Hamm. “But, we are stretched thin - it’s a goal.”

The drug and alcohol resource is multi-faceted. In addition to counseling, coaching and the school outreach program, ADAC also provides prevention, information, education, referral, intervention and advocacy to individuals and the community, as well as youth and parent programs, suicide prevention and anti-bullying programs.

“We are also involved in criminal and family court and we have a part-time employee (Derek Johnson) who is the recovery coach for the incarcerated population in Delaware County. He helps them get acclimated with the outside world. We also run the Delaware County Impaired Driving Program which is a class required for individuals to reattain their driving privileges.”

Some of the community programs include The Butt Stops Here (smoking cessation program), community conferences, community mobilization, community prevention programs, Delaware County Treatment Court and Family Treatment Court. Resources are also offered to advocate prevention, treatment and other important issues affecting the wellbeing of recovering substance abusers and their families.

“This is a fulfilling job,” said Hamm. Everyday, you get to see how we impact others and we are lucky we can help.”

Hamm said being on the ground floor location opens up some options.

“It allows us more visibility,” he said. “In the front room I would like to have something close to a library available - give a book take a book on subjects related to abuse.”

Although ADAC’s name includes drug and alcohol, the program, which is a not-for-profit is “so much more than that.”

“We would like to continue to grow and help the community even more,” he said.

Visit www.adaconline.org or call 607-746-8300 to see what ADAC has to offer and/or to meet the “team.” ADAC also can be found on Facebook and currently, individuals have the opportunity to take a walking tour of the new space.

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