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Who We Are

Transforming lives and the community with flexible and inclusive person-centered treatment.

Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services (C.A.R.S.) is a nonprofit substance use disorder treatment services provider in Tompkins County, New York. Founded in 1972, C.A.R.S. seeks to build a stronger community through innovative addiction recovery programming including outpatient, opioid treatment program, and residential rehabilitation services.

Operating under the regulatory guidance of NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), C.A.R.S. provides its clients the best of evidence-based, holistic clinical programming supported with an exceptional range of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) options.

Guided by a Board of Directors, C.A.R.S. is currently pursuing very desirable affiliation with Cayuga Health System of Tompkins, Cortland, and Schuyler Counties.  

our Services

Helping you achieve better quality of life

Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services offers comprehensive longer-term residential treatment for men at the 60-bed Residential Addiction Recovery Center in Trumansburg.

At this comfortable facility, patients gain the skills they need to resist cravings, cope with difficult times, and fight addiction. Each patient has access to expert clinical services like cognitive behavioral therapy, individual counseling, family counseling, medication-assisted treatment, and more.

Person riding her bike at CARS

Patients can also take advantage of the Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) in Ithaca, New York. This program provides intensive support, including individual and group therapy as well as medication-assisted treatment. Participants live at home, but spend a part of their day at the center receiving care.

As patients move forward in recovery and return to a normal schedule, they can still incorporate outpatient services like individual or group counseling into their week. These services provide a touchstone of strength so patients can maintain sobriety and be prepared to face challenges.

Each individualized treatment plan may include some or all of these services with the goal of helping patients and families enjoy better emotional, mental, and physical health. With the right emotional skills and support system, patients can achieve long-term abstinence and enjoy a higher quality of life.

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Inside the CARS facility
our Values

Holistic Treatment

Our goal is to see the rate of relapse decrease and have the data to support it. We do that by offering cutting-edge services to help those with substance use disorder and adequately preparing them for success after they no longer receive our services.

We believe in a holistic approach to treatment, giving our community the spectrum of support they need to realize their potential and lead fulfilling lives. That means assisting them with education and employment services to lower the rate of relapse, and creating a strong family unit or support network for ongoing positive reinforcement.

our Team

Experienced and passionate

Administrative Staff

Jessica Janssen, MS
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Office Phone Number: 
607-273-5500 EXT. 1020
Email:
JJANSSEN@CARSNY.ORG
Brian Grant
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Office Phone Number: 
273-5500 EXT. 1046
Email:
BGRANT@CARSNY.ORG
Lydia Wickham, SHRM-CSP
HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR
Office Phone Number: 
607-273-5500 EXT. 1022
Email:
LWICKHAM@CARSNY.ORG
Melanie Coleman
BUSINESS OFFICE MANAGER
Office Phone Number: 
273-5500 EXT. 1045
Email:
MCOLEMAN@CARSNY.ORG
Cherie Matthys
COMPLIANCE OFFICER
Office Phone Number: 
607-391-1040
Email:
CMATTHYS@CARSNY.ORG
Eleni Evans, MS, CASAC-2
Project Manager
Office Phone Number: 
607-273-5500 EXT. 1023
Email:
EEVANS@CARSNY.ORG
Brad Walworth, MDiv
COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Office Phone Number: 
607-273-5500 EXT. 1041
Email:
BWALWORTH@CARSNY.ORG

Outpatient Staff

Erica Cotraccia, LMHC-P, CASAC-2
Outpatient Program Director
Office Phone Number: 
607-273-5500 EXT. 1028
Email:
ECOTRACCIA@CARSNY.ORG
Katarina Wehmeyer, RN, MSN, MA
Opioid Treatment Program
Office Phone Number: 
607-203-6811
Email:
KWehmeyer@carsny.org
Katerina Orr
OFFICE MANAGER
Office Phone Number: 
607-273-5500 EXT. 1024
Email:
KOrr@CARSNY.ORG

Residential Staff

Tracie Miller CASAC Advanced
Program director
Office Phone Number: 
607-273-5500
Email:
TMiller@CARSNY.ORG
John Klimek MA, CASAC-2
Clinical supervisor
Office Phone Number: 
607-273-5500
Email:
JKlimek@carsny.org
Debra Murphy
OFFICE MANAGER
Office Phone Number: 
607-273-5500-EXT.-5642
Email:
DEBMURPHY@CARSNY.ORG