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Chemical Dependency

The Chemical Dependency Services helps performing arts and entertainment professionals and their families when there is a problem with drug and alcohol abuse or addiction.  Our goal is to help people achieve and maintain sobriety and help family members, partners, or friends deal with the effects of addiction.  Support during early recovery can help professionals and their family members with addiction problems achieve and maintain abstinence, enter into a recovery process, learn effective coping strategies, and take increasing responsibility for managing their lives without the use of mood-altering substances.  

Whenever possible, social workers meet in person to evaluate the person’s substance use.  In addition social workers can organize interventions, make referrals to treatment, help coordinate care with treatment programs, and negotiate on the client’s behalf with insurance and managed care companies.  Financial assistance may be available to help with the cost of treatment and other financial difficulties for eligible members and their family.

The Chemical Dependency Services program also helps to educate and assist industry employers, supervisors, manager, agents, union representatives, etc. in addressing substance abuse issues in the workplace.


Eligibility for The Fund's financial assistance program requires an application, documentation of your professional earnings and an interview. In general, eligibility for financial assistance is based on:

  • A minimum of five years of industry employment with earnings of at least $6,500 for three out of the last five years
  • Financial need

For additional information, please contact the office closest to you:

Eastern Region

Rosalyn Gilbert, L.C.S.W., Supervisor of Chemical Dependency Services
212.221.7300 ext. 114

Central Region

Steven Haught, L.C.P.C, Director of Social Services - Central Region

Western Region

323.933.9244 ext. 455



This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.