ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new center designed to help teens and young adults recover from addiction is opening in the Mohawk Valley.

The Creative Connections Clubhouse is one of several similar facilities planned to open around the state. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a state investment of $1.6 million to create the clubhouses earlier this year.

The centers 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.

The Creative Connections Clubhouse received $250,000 from the state. It's operated by HFM Prevention, a regional substance use prevention agency. Cuomo announced the clubhouse's grand opening on Thursday.

[STORY BY: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]