By Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state is creating new spaces called “clubhouses” to give teens and young adults struggling with substance abuse problems a safe place to continue their recovery.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the state is giving $1.6 million to seven organizations around the state to create the clubhouses, which the governor’s office says will be the first of their kind in the state.

The clubhouses are intended to connect teens with the services they need while giving them a safe, peer-supported place to meet other teens and develop ways to stay clean.

The facilities are expected to offer programs in fitness and sports, college and job preparation, tutoring and group entertainment.

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