Village, is a drug addiction treatment organization
with facilities in New York City. It was founded in 1963 by Dr.
Daniel Casriel M.D along with Monsignor William B. O'Brien, a Roman
Catholic priest and founder and president of the World Federation of
Therapeutic Communities. According to Dr. Casriel its name was
originally an acronym for 'Drug Addicts Yield to Probation' as Daytop
was originally a kind of "halfway house" for convicted addicts.
Another account gives the name to be an acronym for "Drug Addicts
Yield to Persuasion". A third account gives the name to be an acronym
for "Drug Addicts Yield to Others Persuasion."
program, one of the oldest drug-treatment programs in the
United States, is based on the therapeutic community model and
emphasizes the role of peer interaction in their modes of treatment.
Considered one of the most successful programs of its kind, it is
described as "a supportive emotional community in which people feel
secure but at the same time are held strictly accountable for their
behavior". It is estimated that 85 percent of those treated stay
It was during a 1980 visit to
Village that then first lady
initially became aware of the drug epidemic in the United
States and the toll it was taking on the nation's youth. This event is
widely acknowledged as the genesis of her "Just Say No" program.
In late 2015,
Village merged with Samaritan Village, another
50+ year old health and human services nonprofit organization with a
specialty in drug and alcohol treatment. The newly merged organization
changed its name to Samaritan
Daytop History, accessed 26 September 2009
^ a b c "A Pioneer in Residential Drug Treatment Reaches Out". New
York Times. 13 Nov 1989.
^ "A Scream Away From Happiness". New York: Grosset & Dunlap. 1972
Daytop About Us
^ Family connections: Monsignor O'Brien's
Daytop Village - Of Several
Minds, Paul Baumann, 2002, Commonweal[permanent dead link]
World Federation of Therapeutic