Facility Offers Residential Treatment Beds for Women Receiving Treatment and Space For Their Children to Stay With Them
Part of the Governor's $1.2 Billion Investment this Year in Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Services for Addiction
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Lorraine Montenegro Women and Children's Program facility in the Bronx. The facility offers 38 residential treatment beds for women and has space for children to stay with their mothers who are receiving treatment. It is operated by Acacia Networks, and was developed in collaboration with the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, and the New York State Dormitory Authority.
"With this investment, New York continues our commitment to expanding and enhancing lifesaving services for people suffering from addiction," Governor Cuomo said. "This new facility will ensure families stick together, while improving access to treatment and delivering services women need to lead a quality life."
"It is always heartwarming to hear stories of recovery amid a continuing opioid epidemic here in New York and around the country," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "Here in New York, we remain committed to putting forward solutions to save lives, and that includes the groundbreaking Lorraine Montenegro Women and Children's Program facility in the Bronx. By keeping children with their mothers during the recovery process, we are enabling more women to seek treatment and follow a path to a new life."
The new Bronx facility, located at 773 Prospect Avenue, offers residential treatment and counseling services for women with substance use disorders, as well as training in parenting, vocational, and life skills. Primary health care, recreational activities and day care services are also provided.
The Lorraine Montenegro Women and Children's Program facility is named after Lorraine Montenegro, who led the United Bronx Parents Organization for 30 years and helped to bring addiction services to the South Bronx community. The project was supported by nearly $12 million through OASAS.
New York spends more than $1.2 billion annually on prevention, treatment and recovery services for addiction and more than $70 million annually on prevention programming, including programs in 1,852 schools across the state. The opening of this new facility is part of Governor Cuomo's continued multi-pronged approach to address the opioid epidemic by developing recovery centers, youth clubhouses and regional addiction resource centers that provide support services and information in a stigma free and supportive environment. These efforts have led to the creation of the largest recovery support network in the country. The Governor has also changed the insurance laws to make immediate access to all addiction treatment a reality in New York State. To learn more about services in your region, click here.
"Enabling children to stay with their mothers eliminates one of the major barriers that keeps many women from seeking the treatment they need," OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said. "Thanks to Governor Cuomo's ongoing efforts, we have been able to institute more programs like this across the state, and help more women access treatment and enter recovery."
State Senator Luis Sepulveda, said, "We know full well that to help families heal from the scourge of substance abuse our approach must be holistic and comprehensive. This special facility being opened today will help recovering women by keeping their children close to them during a very challenging time in their lives. I thank OASAS and Governor Cuomo for making this all happen and for their continued focus on solving the substance abuse epidemic many of our communities are facing."
Assemblymember Michael Blake said, "Given the local and national effort to #EndFamilySeparation of children being unjustly separated from their parents as they both seek to realize their dreams, it is commendable that Governor Cuomo, O.A.S.A.S. Commissioner Gonzalez-Sanchez, D.A.S.N.Y. and the Acacia Network are uniting to provide substance use treatment, vocational training and emotional counseling for women while ensuring that their children continue to stay with them. We must address as many life factors as possible simultaneously in order for women and children to rise from substance abuse and life's challenges and to continue #BuildingABetterBronx."
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said "I could not think of a better way to honor the legacy of such wonderful and caring women who gave so much of herself to the community. Addiction is a scourge that afflicts many families throughout New York City, one that shatters families, which is why Lorraine Montenegro would have taken great joy knowing that so many people came together to invest in a facility like the Lorraine Montenegro Women and Children's Program. The Lorraine Montenegro Women and Children's Program facility will not only offer families battling substance abuse the support they need, but also provide day care services and recreational services so that they can fight this affliction together, as one. I want to thank Governor Cuomo, Acacia Networks, the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, and the New York State Dormitory Authority for putting so much support into the Lorraine Montenegro Women and Children's Program facility."
Council Member Rafael Salamanca Jr. said, "A true fighter for the people of the South Bronx, Lorraine Montenegro devoted her life to helping the women, children and families of this community through her incredible social work. Ms. Montenegro embodies what it means to be a Bronxite - hard-working, community-focused and unrelenting in advocating for what's right. I am proud to join the Governor and OASAS Commissioner today in opening the Lorraine Montenegro Women and Children's Program Facility, a fitting name in dedication to a woman who has admirably served the South Bronx."
New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the state's toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369).
Available addiction treatment including crisis/detox, inpatient, community residence, or outpatient care can be found using the NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at FindAddictionTreatment.ny.gov or through the NYS OASAS website. Visit CombatAddiction.ny.gov to learn more about the warning signs of addiction, review information on how to get help, and access resources on how to facilitate conversations with loved ones and communities about addiction. For tools to use in talking to a young person about preventing alcohol or drug use, visit the State's Talk2Prevent website.
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