Roger Spool, LCSW-R co-founded Step One in 1994. Roger previously worked as a Social Work Supervisor for a 200 patient, 2 year alcoholism day treatment program, Clinical Director of an inpatient alcoholism rehab program, and Program Director of an outpatient alcoholism day treatment program. Roger is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts, SUNY Empire State College and the Hunter College School of Social Work.
Roger’s vision of substance abuse treatment was different from main stream protocols. So Roger began working towards his dream of opening a NYS OASAS licensed program to provide the kind of services he believed were most effective to the treatment of alcoholism and chemical dependency.
In 1988, Roger and his wife Lilyan opened Child & Family Guidance Center in New Paltz, NY. The Center provided substance abuse treatment as well as mental health services. The Center grew quickly and within a few years had a staff of 27 full and part time clinicians and community based treatment in four Mid-Hudson communities. The Center’s substance abuse services grew until in 1994 the substance abuse component had to split off and became Child & Family Guidance Center Addiction Services, Inc. The program, now located in Highland, NY, was named Step One.
In the first thirteen years of operations, Step One opened programs at St. Cabrini’s residential program for adolescents, The Children’s Home of Kingston, the Northeast Center for Special Care, and an additional freestanding clinic in Ellenville, NY.
Roger has Spent over 30 years of his professional career committed to helping individuals and families heal from the ravages of chemical dependency. Roger feels that his greatest accomplishment is gathering a team of committed professionals to manifest his vision and provide treatment to those in need.