Family Centers of Excellence



Odyssey House Admissions
219 East 121st Street
New York, NY 10035
(212) 987-5100

In 1973, Odyssey House began providing an innovative program to treat adults with a pattern of despair and drug use that can come from depression, mental disorders, low self-esteem, poor education, or a lack of skills.

This program, called the MABON, allows drug-addicted parents and their children to stay together while helping break the cycle of drug abuse and strengthening the family unit. Previously, these innocent victims of drug abuse had only a string of foster care homes as their sole option for shelter and care.

Today, more than 100 parents and their children live in Odyssey House Family Center of Excellence. Mothers and fathers do not need to choose between caring for their children and seeking the treatment they need. Pregnant women and parents of children 5 years of age and younger reside together in parent/child units for 12 to 24 months.

Click here for information on our Healthy Mothers Healthy Families Program.


What we offer:

  • Individual, group, and family counseling
  • On-site primary medical care with specialties in OB/GYN, psychiatry, and HIV/AIDS
  • Specialized pediatric services provided in partnership with the Institute for Family Health
  • Health education and parenting skills training, including medication management and Activities of Daily Living training
  • Anger management, domestic violence, and relapse prevention
  • Family Re-Entry community residences
  • Independent housing support and placement
  • Vocational/educational testing, training and job placement

Program highlights:

  • Evidence-based and best practice treatment models: Motivational Enhancement Therapy; Trauma, Recovery and Empowerment; and Nurturing Parent Program for Families in Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery
  • Department of Health-licensed day care with on-site Early Head Start
  • Cultural, fitness, and recreational activities
  • Medication-assisted treatment