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Restoration Society, Inc. (RSI)  is a peer operated community agency that offers recovery-based mental health services in Western New York. The agency was founded in 1973 and incorporated in 1975. Most RSI programs serve adults (18 years and above). Their youth clubhouse programs serves individuals age 13-21.  Agency services are founded upon the recovery vision that all individuals can lead active lives filled with hope and satisfaction and make valuable contributions to our community.

RSI offers holistic, person-centered services premised upon customer self-determination and self-direction. Programs embrace life coaching strategies that facilitate the customer’s personal life direction, development and fulfillment. Using life coaching RSI assists individuals to achieve and maintain personal satisfaction in overall quality of life, integration into self-selected communities and attainment of basic life needs. Life coaching strategies assist the customer to increase independence, achieve desired social roles, and community integration and connectedness while reducing reliance on professional supports. RSI values individual’s natural supports to be present, recognizing that such naturally occurring community supports are essential components of sustained recovery and wellbeing.

RSI programs address the Four Major Dimensions of Recovery as defined by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

  • Health: overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms, and making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being
  • Home: having a stable and safe place to live
  • Purpose: conducting meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income, and resources to participate in society
  • Community: having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope

RSI has a reputation of effectively working with the hard to serve population (those individuals who were not successful in other traditional programs).


Illuminating pathways toward opportunity, possibility, wellness and independence.


The leader in innovative high quality services by providing individualized and accessible opportunities that exceed customer and community expectations.


Respectful                                                Holistic

Ethical                                                       Optimism

Supportive                                                Peer Advocacy

Team Work                                               Empowerment







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