The History of LEAF

The LEAF Council on Alcoholism & Addictions was founded in 1982 by Otsego County residents who were concerned about the effects of alcohol and substance addiction on the lives of susceptible individuals, their family members and the community as a whole.

LEAF’s founders dedicated our non-profit organization to helping create a community where children and adults could live in healthy environments, free from the effects of the diseases of alcoholism and other addictions.

Over the past two decades LEAF has addressed that primary mission through education, public advocacy, referral and support, and by collaborating with other agencies and organizations that share LEAF’s values and mission.

Having begun its work in 1982 with volunteers and a small budget, LEAF has grown incrementally in the past 20 years in response to the demands of its mission. Under the leadership of its board members and co-founder Elizabeth Currier, LEAF has expanded to a paid staff of nine professionals that operates with a budget approaching a million dollars annually.

Today, LEAF provides Otsego County residents with front-line information and referral services about alcohol and substance addiction subjects, recovery programs and support resources; conducts research-based education programs in area schools; takes an active role the Otsego County Drug Treatment Court and family treatment court;  operates the Otsego County Drinking Driver Program for the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles; and provides alcohol and other drug awareness programs such as “Choices & Consequences,” an initiative mandated by legislation for underage drinkers.

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.