Facility Will Offer Recovery Services Tailored Towards Women; Will Include Space for Children to Stay with Mothers Receiving Treatment
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of the new Women and Children's Residence in Albany, a treatment facility that will offer 16 residential treatment beds for women, with four children's beds to allow women the opportunity to have their children stay with them during treatment. The facility, which will also offer withdrawal management and stabilization services, is operated by the Addictions Care Center of Albany located at 90 McCarty Avenue. The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services contributed more than $3.1 million in capital funding for this project, and will also be providing more than $600,000 in annual operating funds.
"As we continue to expand addiction services across New York, it is critical that we provide women with the specialized services they need to take the first step toward recovery for both themselves and their families, Governor Cuomo said. "This facility will help us connect more women in the Capital Region with treatment options tailored to fit their specific needs, and ultimately work to continue our nation-leading efforts to fight addiction."
"Mothers in recovery and their children deserve the chance to live normal lives, free from the oppressive bonds of addiction," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Co-Chair of the Heroin and Opioid Task Force. "This residential, supportive facility offers a fresh start and the first step toward freedom. As Co-Chair of the Heroin and Opioid Task Force, I heard the pleas of countless families in search of a path toward a healthy, drug-free life. The residents of this new home have that second chance as we continue to attack this life shattering health crisis from every conceivable means. We refuse to give up on anyone -- especially when innocent babies and children are involved."
This facility is part of the state's efforts to provide a full residential continuum of care for people who are undergoing treatment for addiction, and ensure they receive the right type of services. OASAS is working with providers and stakeholders to refine and redesign residential services, to incorporate three essential elements of treatment: stabilization, rehabilitation, and re-integration. Residential programs may be certified to offer any or all of those elements.
OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said, "Women have unique needs when it comes to addiction treatment. This facility will help meet those needs, and enable us to help keep families together during a difficult time. I commend Governor Cuomo for continuing to make services like this a priority here in the Capital Region and across the rest of New York State."
Senator George Amedore, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse said, "It is important that we continue to remove barriers that may prevent people from seeking treatment. This new program in the Capital Region will provide critical services and stabilization for families who struggle with recovery."
Senator Neil Breslin said, "New York State has taken bold efforts over the past number of years to help combat the opioid epidemic. One of the critical parts of this effort is ensuring that there are enough residential treatment beds to help people in their recovery and treatment. The opening of the new Women's and Children's Residence here in Albany will offer 16 residential treatment beds for women. I applaud both Governor Cuomo and OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez for helping to make residential treatment more available in the Capital Region."
Assembly Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Chair Linda Rosenthal said, "This innovative treatment model makes clear that New York recognizes the unique recovery needs of mothers struggling with substance use disorder and their children. Allowing mothers to heal alongside their children helps maintain the stability of the family unit during a time of great vulnerability and will only increase the likelihood of healthy outcomes for both mother and child."
Assemblymember John T. McDonald III said, "This program and facility recognizes the practical needs of families who are undergoing treatment. By allowing families to remain intact during treatment, this resource removes an obstacle that might otherwise prevent someone from receiving the services they need. The issue of finding child care during this especially difficult time is one less worry for the women who are starting the path to recovery. I thank the Addictions Care Center for providing these services and applaud Governor Cuomo and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services for funding this project."
Assemblymember Patricia Fahy said, "Addiction knows no boundaries and can impact any family. Major thanks to Governor Cuomo for making this investment to connect Capital Region women and families to recovery."
Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy said, "Improving access to addiction treatment services is crucial to winning the battle against addiction. We have taken a big step forward in Albany County with the opening of this treatment program for women and for women with children, an historically underserved population with unique needs on the path to recovery. The Addiction Care Center of Albany (ACCA) is a long-standing and trusted Albany County partner in this fight and the Capital District is stronger because of partnerships like this and because of innovative services like the new ACCA's Women and Children's Residence."
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, "The opening of the new Women and Children's Residence in Albany demonstrates the State's commitment to providing vital treatment services to women and families in the Capital Region. I'd like to thank Governor Cuomo and OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez for their continued leadership in combatting addition and providing hope and recovery to our communities."
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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