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Outpatient Treatment Services     |    Outpatient Rehabilitation Services   |   Residential Services     |     Love First Intervention Services        

SBIRT Screening Services

Outpatient Treatment Services

Providing outpatient chemical dependency services located in Ithaca, New York, we are a team of unique professionals dedicated to providing holistic recovery services that recognize and value the innate dignity of each person. Our services are defined by the values of individual empowerment, knowledge, caring, and the potential of each individual to effectively collaborate in his or her ongoing recovery. We measure ourselves by our ability to assist individuals to experience a life free from the harmful effects of substances and to unleash their own potential.
Our clinic provides timely and holistic services that respect the biological, psychological, social and spiritual nature of addiction and its impact on our clients, their families, and the community. Through a full continuum of care that is designed to embrace the transformative process of recovery, we stand with our clients providing the right tools and supports to assist them on this difficult journey they have found the courage to begin.
Our primary addiction services include: chemical dependency evaluation, groups, individual sessions, medical assessment, Suboxone, Buprenorphine and Naltrexone medication management, and case management services including referrals to vocational, educational, psychological and medical supports. These services were developed to assist clients in bridging the gap from active addiction into ongoing recovery.
We work to provide services that embrace individual differences and help clients develop a better appreciation and respect for themselves.  We honor the unique challenges and strengths that individuals have when they decide to seek treatment. CARS chemical dependency treatment focuses on the brain disease model.  Research shows that the limbic system is the central brain area compromised in function during active substance use and in early recovery from substance use.  A person’s ability to regulate emotions can be impaired by substance abuse; therefore, we work to educate clients in understanding that recovery is enhanced by learning skills to avoid extremes of emotions and emotional reactivity, and skills to manage stress.
Our outpatient program is open from 9am – 8pm M-F, with both day and evening services offered, most major insurances including Medicaid are accepted and a sliding fee scale is offered for self pay clients. We serve clients age 13 and older. 


Outpatient Rehabilitation Services (1/30/17)

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Program is designed to better serve alcohol or drug dependent individuals who sometimes lack the adequate support systems to strengthen their recovery, or may need focused assistance to build the skills necessary to avoid relapse or to manage life on life’s terms. In addition, this program assists clients who have health care needs related to their sobriety that may require attention or monitoring by health care staff.     
CARS Outpatient Rehabilitation (OPR) program is approximately 6 - 12 weeks in length depending on the individual needs of the client.  It includes both group and individual counseling.  This program runs from 9:00 AM – 2:15 PM on Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and includes a daily lunch option.  OPR does not run on Wednesdays to provide participants a day during the week for which to schedule other necessary appointments in a manner that does not interfere with their participation in treatment here at CARS.
CARS OPR provides social and health care services; skill development in accessing community resources; activity therapies; information and education about nutritional requirements; and vocational and educational evaluation along with research based addiction treatment models including: The Matrix Model, motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, rational emotive behavior therapy, and regular drug screen testing for documented abstinence.
We believe that this model creates an opportunity to better support our clients in building a foundation of recovery and preventing further chaos or pain caused by active addiction. This model can also support our clients in remaining in our community and building on healthy relationships and community supports that are often lost at higher levels of care which often take them away from home for significant periods of time.
To access OPR services please call for an evaluation (607-273-5500) or walk in to discuss your treatment needs with one of our counselors.


CARS Residential Rehabilitation Unit

CARS Residential Rehabilitation Unit (RSU) is a 60-bed, co-ed treatment program located in Trumansburg, New York.

We are dedicated to providing the most effective services to our clients to aid in their recovery. In November 2006, our organization integrated treatment services based on the evidence-based Matrix Model. Our treatment services and Life Skills Programs that utilize best and promising practices include: Early Recovery, Relapse Prevention, Social Supports, Family Education, Parenting Skills, Criminal & Addictive Thinking, Anger Management, Managing Personal Trauma, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey, Living a Life That Matters by Harold Kushner, Emotional Regulation, The 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, Leisure Education and Recreation, Thinking Reports, Mindfulness/Meditation/Chi-Gong/Spirituality, Vocational/Education/Finance, Cultural Competence and Sensitivity, and Smoking Cessation programs and services.

A variety of clinical approaches are utilized within our treatment programs which include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Strengths Based Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, Crisis Intervention. and Solution- Focused Brief Therapy, among others.

CARS recognizes, as does addiction science, the differing treatment needs of men and women. CARS utilizes Dr. Stephanie Covington’s evidence-based program, Beyond Anger and Violence: A Program for Women. Beyond Anger & Violence is the first manualized (as is the Matrix Model) intervention for women that focuses on anger, as well as the trauma they may have experienced. It offers a variety of evidence-based therapeutic strategies such as psycho-education, role playing, mindfulness activities, cognitive behavioral restructuring and grounding skills for trauma triggers.

We believe that our program is best defined by our mission statement that we are "A professional community resource providing caring and effective recovery services dedicated to improving quality of life by promoting individual dignity and respect for all."

Changes Ahead

In an effort to continue providing the highest quality of care and customer service, we would like to review with you changes in our industry and subsequently, our business heading into 2017.

Transitioning from Part 819 to the new Part 820 regulations starting 1/1/2017-
What does this mean? Under Part 819 regulations payment for substance use treatment is paid for by Congregate Care Level II Temporary Assistance; through the client’s home county. Part 820 Regulations will allow substance use treatment to be billed to Medicaid/Medicaid Managed Care and commercial insurance. Transitioning to Part 820 regulations allow for quicker financial approval for incoming clients.

With a constant focus on customer service, CARS will be adopting to Part 820 regulations starting 1/1/2017.

Shorter stays in an intensive, individualized treatment program-
Under the Part 820 regulations, we anticipate the length of stay at our residential facility to shorten to 6 - 10 weeks. Stays will shorten, but we will continue to offer intensive residential treatment. We have added vocational, psychiatric, recreational, and medical therapists to be able to provide individualized programming, driven by credentialed staff, for each of our client’s needs.

We remain caring partners, dedicated to service in drug rehabilitation-
Our goal is to meet client needs. As we go through this transition, we will continue to be caring, collaborative, and communicative.

Our intentions are to provide you with continuous updates as we transition to Part 820 regulations. CARS values your partnership and we look forward to continuing our work together to provide the best care possible to our shared clients.

Updated Referral Application

In efforts to improve the referral process we have shortened our referral application. The new application can be found on our website,; in the Resources tab, under Forms & Applications.

pdfPlease click here to begin using our updated referral application as soon as possible

What You Have To Do Differently

  • You are not required, in most cases, to go through the time consuming process of DSS approval any longer. We hope this will allow us to say "Yes" much quicker in the future.
  • Complete and submit the new referral application in order to determine clinical approval and who the payer is (
  • Complete the LOCADTR 3.0 in the Health Commerce System
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  • Obtain and submit a Court Mandate letter for clients who are mandated to treatment
  • Depending on the payer, we may asked you to obtain a pre-authorization number

Applications can be faxed, or emailed to Phil White, Admissions Coordinator.
Email: or
Fax: (607) 273-1277

Love First Intervention Services

Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services is offering Clinical Intervention Services based on the best practice Love First Clinical Intervention Model ( This model of intervention which has been designated by Hazelden as a best practice and is defined by one rule and one rule only: we wish to persuade an individual suffering from addiction to enter treatment while preserving their dignity and worth as a human being. We train and support the family and other significant people in the addicted individual’s life to lovingly and effectively persuade that individual to enter treatment so that the family and friends might be once again reunited with the man or woman they lost to addiction so long ago.
Please call Bill Rusen at 607-273-5500 ext. 40 or 607-275-6506 or

SBIRT Screening Services

SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders.
Screening quickly assesses the severity of substance use and identifies the appropriate level of treatment.
Brief Intervention focuses on increasing insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation toward behavioral change.
Referral to Treatment provides those identified as needing more extensive treatment with access to specialty care
In closing I want to thank you for your kind attention and interest in getting to know us and our services. Our focus has been and will always be on our enduring purpose statement. “We believe in the capacity of people to transform themselves.”

William J. (Bill) Rusen, LMSW
Chief Executive Officer


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