LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Inc.

Leatherstocking Education on Alcoholism/Addictions Foundation

LEAF is a private, nonprofit, volunteer health organization founded in 1982. Our goal is to reduce the serious personal, social and economic consequences of alcoholism, other drug addictions and associated problems. At LEAF, we identify community needs, advocate for policies that address local problems, and provide a range of quality programs that work right here in Otsego County.

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LEAF’s mission is

  • To prevent addictions and associated problems.
  • To educate the community about the risks of excessive alcohol and other drug use and about alcoholism and other addictions as treatable family diseases.
  • To encourage proper diagnosis, treatment and appropriate care for individuals and families.

Over the years, many Otsego County residents have turned to LEAF for help and found themselves on the threshold of recovery. More than ever LEAF remains committed to reclaiming lives, strengthening families and building healthy communities in Otsego County.

LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addictions is dedicated to helping create a community where children and adults can live in healthy environments that are free from the effects of alcoholism and other addictive diseases.

We accomplish this through provision or support of education, prevention, referral, treatment, collaboration, and advocacy.


Community Services

Otsego County Drinking Driver Program

The Drinking Driver Program (DDP) is part of New York State’s effort to reduce the personal and property losses caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Choices & Consequences

LEAF’s Choices and Consequences Program, or C&C, is an innovative, alcohol awareness program designed for youth ages 12 to 20. The program addresses the dangers of underage drinking for those youth who have violated the underage drinking laws, such as the Alcohol Beverage Control Law, Section 65(c). C&C is court mandated by the Otsego County judges who feel offenders will benefit from alcohol and other drug information, and the class will give them the opportunity to explore and address the consequences of ATOD use and abuse.

Problem Gambling Prevention

Gambling today is more accessible than ever. It is portrayed through television and other media as exciting and easy money. However, gambling can lead to serious problems. Your child needs to know that gambling can easily get out of control and lead to serious losses, not only of money and possessions, but also the loss of trust and respect from family and friends or educational opportunities. Studies show that the earlier a child engages in risky behaviors, the greater the likelihood those behaviors will become problematic.

Weight Loss Surgery and Addiction Transfer

Weight loss surgery is a an intervention for the disease of morbid obesity that is growing by leaps and bounds throughout the world.  With success rates for improved quality of life, improved or resolved co-morbid conditions, and long-term weight loss that out paces every other obesity treatment, there is no question why this particular strategy is growing.


LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Inc.

LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Inc.



Media Literacy Training

“Media Literacy is the ability to “read” television and mass media. Media literacy education teaches people to ACCESS, ANALYZE, EVALUATE, and PRODUCE media. Many studies suggest that such education can produce less vulnerable children and adolescents. National PTA’s, Teachers’ professional organizations, substance abuse prevention programs and the President have all endorsed media literacy. Children who understand the motivations and production techniques of media are less likely to adopt the destructive attitudes and behaviors that are depicted in the media. Media education represents a new and exciting approach to protecting children and adolescents from the unhealthy effects of the media.”
— P. DeBenedittis, Ph.D.

Julie Dostal, PHd, CPP Executive Director, has been trained by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to provide this training free to any organization that would like it. This training can be used for 6 CASAC, CPP, or CPS hours.
If you would like more information about this training, or would like to schedule a workshop, please contact LEAF at 607-432-0090 or 1-800-339-1894.

C.R.O.P. After School Program

CROP: Creating Rural Opportunities Partnership, funded by a BOCES grant, is an after-school program in which LEAF is an active partner and participant. It is designed to enhance the lives of youth living in Otsego and Delaware Counties.


School Services

Tobacco Action

This fifth grade interactive health program has several complimentarycomponents. The core of the program is a set of seven experimental activities. Students explore issues of tobacco use and identify ways they can apply what they learn to their personal lives, their families, and their environment. Parent participation in the program is encouraged.


Beginning Awareness Basic Education Studies (BABES) is a primary prevention program designed to give children a lifetime of protection from substance abuse.

Too Good for Violence

Too Good for Violence is a school-based prevention program that addresses the most significant risk and protective factors at each developmental level to help students learn the skills and attitudes they need to get along peacefully with others.

Too Good for Drugs

Too Good for Drugs is a school-based prevention program designed to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) use among students.

Life Skills Training

LifeSkills Training (LST) is a, highly recommended, researched school-based substance abuse prevention program. It is uniquely designed, proven effective, and grounded in over 20 years of research. Rather than simply teaching information about drugs, LifeSkills combats the underlying causes of substance use.

Teen Intervene

Designed specifically for youth, 12-19, who are experiencing mild to moderate problems associated with alcohol or other drug use, the Teen Intervene Program provides education, support, and guidance for teens and their parents. Through this brief intervention, youth work one-to-one with a prevention specialist in identifying and changing their choices and behaviors.

Life Skills Training Promoting Health and Personal Development

Life Skills Training is a comprehensive, research and outcome based prevention program that emphasizes proven skills training methods. It addresses all of the most important factors leading adolescents to use one or more drugs by teaching a combination of health information, general Life Skills, and drug resistance skills over a three year time period.


Facing Addiction and The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) are proud to announce the merger of our organizations – creating a national leader in turning the tide on the addiction epidemic.
The merged organization will be called:

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