Mental Health, Crisis Intervention

Creative Alternatives of New York

  • New York, NY
  • www.cany.org

Mission Statement

CANY's mission is to empower people who have endured trauma to rebuild their lives.  Through the use of drama therapy CANY helps children and adults imagine new possibilities, expand their self concept and build the social and emotional tools they need to thrive.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Gender Violence
  3. Drama Therapy for Youth with Trauma Histories
  4. Long & Short Term Training in Drama Therapy
  5. Veterans with Traumatic Stress

service areas

New York

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Areas Served Narrative

Serving New York City's five boroughs and the surrounding areas (upstate New York, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut)

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ruling year

1984

Principal Officer since 2004

Jonathan Hilton

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Keywords

drama therapy, trauma treatment, therapeutic theatre, creative arts therapy, domestic violence programs, child abuse programs, veterans programs, mental health programs, at-risk youth programs

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EIN

13-3204610

Also Known As

CANY

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

In 2012 CANY provided drama therapy services to over 1,000 children and adults affected by trauma: 50% children and youth; 15% women survivors of domestic violence; 20% veterans with PTSD; 10% refugees and   5% other misc populations.  CANY also provided training programs in the use of therapeutic drama to 167 clinicians, educators and artists.  This included the launch of a training program in CT through a $100,000 grant, to train clinicians in youth treatment agencies in our model of drama therapy.   In 2013,  CANY will expand our veterans program with a new program serving active service members with PTSD; launch a new program with youth with trauma histories which will include a comprehensive outcomes study of impact.  CANY's 3 years strategic plan envisions re-locating to a new home in 2013 and launching our full Certificate Program in our model of drama therapy as well as expanding our presence and impact in NYC.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Creative Alternatives contracts with 17 facilities in the greater New York area and Connecticut providing over 1500 groups annually. Facilities include residential treatment centers for abused children, hospitals, addiction treatment centers, HIV/AIDS clinics, safe shelters for victims of domestic violence, Veterans mental health programs and alternative school programs for at risk and troubled youth. Additionally, Creative Alternatives provides trainings to staff at partner facilities and other facilities in the use of creative arts as a therapeutic tool for treatment.

Category

Budget

Population Served

Program 2

Gender Violence

Programs with women victims of violence at domestic violence safe shelters and international refugee centers.

Category

Human Services

Budget

$50,000.00

Population Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Program 3

Drama Therapy for Youth with Trauma Histories

Partnering with several special schools, residential facilities and community centers, CANY provides therapeutic drama groups for high risk youth with a range of behavioral and emotional challenges.   Programs are targeted for specific youth populations, such as LGBT foster youth, single foster moms, psychiatrically disabled youth; youth aging out of foster car;  juvenile justice youth.

Category

Youth Development

Budget

$300,000.00

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Mentally/Emotionally Disabled

Program 4

Long & Short Term Training in Drama Therapy

A range of training programs to teach the use of creative drama interventions to social workers, theater artists, educators, mental health professionals, students. Training programs include one and three day intensive workshops; 9 month Learning Collaborative training model with 4-5 agencies; 9 month Certificate Program.

Category

Education

Budget

$200,000.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Program 5

Veterans with Traumatic Stress

Drama therapy programs with veterans and active service members in mental health treatment at partner hospitals.

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Budget

$35,000.00

Population Served

Military/Veterans

service areas

New York

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Areas Served Narrative

Serving New York City's five boroughs and the surrounding areas (upstate New York, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut)

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Funding Needs

Funding for all drama therapy programs.  Annual program cost for one drama therapy group weekly $12,000.  Programs vary in length and frequency and range in cost from $10,000 to $25,000 annually.

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CREATIVE ALTERNATIVES OF NEW YORK INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Creative Alternatives of New York

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Jonathan Hilton

BIO

Mr. Hilton originally joined CANY (then called Imagination Workshop) in 1978 while pursuing an acting career in New York. Working first as a theater artist and then as the Program Coordinator at the NYU-Cornell Medical Center program in White Plains, he left in 1982 to found a new therapeutic drama program for troubled adolescents in Orange County, New York. He has over 25 years in nonprofit management as director of theater company and cultural organizations in New York City.  He serves on the Board of the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding; which provides trainings in peacebuilding and conflict resolution internationally.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Creative Alternatives is the only organization in New York City providing trauma informed drama therapy programs on site at agencies serving children and adults with histories of trauma and violence. There is growing  recognition of alternative treatment models for trauma affected individuals and CANY has become a leader in the field.  Based on a three year strategic plan vision of growth, CANY has invested in development and secured major donor commitments towards this vision which includes relocation to a new home where we will launch our expanded training program and community presence."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Annie Gross

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