The Community Intervention Center recognizes chemical
dependency as a progressive disease characterized by the
compulsive and excessive use of mood altering chemicals.
Chemical dependency negatively impacts the individual's
mental and physical health, interpersonal relationships,
family life and employability. Fortunately it is treatable
and can be arrested through abstinence, treatment and active
participation in a 12 step program. Unfortunately there
are those who after countless attempts find recovery elusive.
CIC is here for them as well.
CIC takes a holistic view within the Mental Health Recovery
Model of mental illness focusing on the individual, not
just the symptoms. Recovery asserts that persons with psychiatric
disabilities can achieve not only affective stability and
social rehabilitation, but transcend limits imposed by
mental illness to achieve their highest goals and aspirations.
CIC also understands that there are those individuals who
are resistant to recovery. CIC is here for them as well.
The Community Intervention Center of Lackawanna County was
founded in 1972 as a grass roots initiative undertaken by young
professionals. At that time its name was The Rap House and its
mission was to offer crisis intervention, information referral
and situational advising to needy individuals seven days a week
with no appointments necessary and no fee for service. Forty
years later, only the name has changed. Both the need and the mission
The drop-in program has adapted over the years to include
services that provide realistic assistance to individuals in
need of everything from continual communal contact to drug and
alcohol referrals, a dental referral, transportation for PA Identification,
representative payee services, a hot meal, use of a telephone,
a coat, a mental health emergency intake etc... Additionally, CIC
serves as a day shelter for homeless individuals and facilitates
a Permanent Supportive Housing Project that provides apartments
for fourteen chronically homeless individuals.
CIC maintains a staff of seven employees including two social
workers, one certified addiction counselor, and one certified psychiatric social
rehabilitation practitioner and a Certified Recovery Specialist