The Counseling and Support Center provides services for individuals 18 and over to overcome issues of substance abuse. The goal of the center is to provide an effective chemical dependency treatment program that responds to the unique needs of inner city residents in a manner that is consistent with cultural norms and psychological orientation. Treatment philosophy is based on the theory that addictive behavior (chemical dependency) is motivated by genetics (disease model), and certain personality constructs that determine how one responds to the external world. Our comprehensive, integrated services include individual and group counseling, and case management.
Currently, the agency is in the planning phase of an integrated Mental Health outpatient clinic through the NYS Office of Mental Health.
Hector Diaz is currently the Program Director (as of June 2012) for the Baden Street Settlement Dr. George C. Simmons Counseling and Support Center’s Chemical Dependency program. With over 27 years as a Drug/Alcohol counselor with the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) in both the City of Buffalo and Rochester, New York. He has helped many individuals regain their lives again through recovery. Hector has held positions in both an Inpatient and Outpatient setting with diverse populations. In 2014 while being in his current position, he decided to return to college where he has completed a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2016. His future plans are to open a Mental Health clinic to expand to Baden Street’s large array of services for the community. Aside from helping individuals regain their lives, he is also a well-known musician in the Latin community playing with several bands. As part of his other talents, Hector plays and travels with the Mambo Kings who perform with Symphony Orchestra’s throughout the US and Canada.