February 12, 2016

Governor Cuomo Announces New Addiction Treatment Facility in the North Country

Governor Cuomo Announces New Addiction Treatment Facility in the North Country

New Agreement will Create Jobs and Enable Delivery of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services at Repurposed State Building

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new agreement to bring detoxification and outpatient substance use disorder services to Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. The collaborative effort by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the New York State Office of General Services will enable Champlain Valley Family Center, an OASAS-certified treatment provider, to open a facility in Schuyler Falls. The center will provide detox, stabilization/respite and outpatient substance use disorder services and will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“This center will expand treatment options in the North Country, helping those battling addiction and saving lives in the process,” Governor Cuomo said. “This is one more step towards building a stronger and healthier New York.”

The new treatment center will be located at 516 Norrisville Road on the campus of the former Adirondack Residential Center, a facility that had been previously used by the State Office of Children and Family Services as a youth rehabilitation and conservation education center on land under DEC’s jurisdiction. By reopening this facility, the state will be creating new jobs in northern New York to refurbish these buildings and to assist with substance abuse treatment.

New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said, “Addiction is a disease that impacts our communities throughout the state. This repurposed treatment facility will not only give North Country residents access to treatment, closer to where they live, but it will start them on the path toward recovery from addiction.”

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “DEC is proud to partner with OASAS and OGS to make this new treatment facility a reality. Spending time in nature has quantifiable health benefits, and by centering this new facility in the Adirondack Park it will create new opportunities for innovative treatment programs in New York’s vast open spaces.”

New York State Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito said, “Substance abuse knows no geographical boundaries. Battling the disease of addiction head-on is a priority for Governor and we are pleased to have played our part to help bring life-changing, potentially life-saving treatment to the North Country.”

New York State Senator Betty Little said, “The deadly and destructive impact of heroin and opiate addiction has hit the North Country hard. One of the challenges addicts and their families face in a rural setting is access to treatment. To break the cycle of dependency, we need local detox, intensive treatment and outpatient assistance. This treatment center will meet that need. The collaboration of OASAS, DEC and OGS, working with Champlain Valley Family Center, represents the very good work of which government is capable. Today’s announcement is a wonderful outcome for the North Country and I commend CVFC Executive Director Connie Wille for her vision and dedication.”

Assemblymember Janet Duprey said, “I’m delighted to see this facility reopen to address the needs of those suffering with heroin/opiate addictions. Champlain Valley Family Center provides outstanding services and this facility will greatly enhance their ability to serve those seeking assistance to recover from addiction.”

Champlain Valley Family Center for Drug Treatment and Youth Services, Inc. Executive Director Constance Wille said, “This project will bring immediate treatment for people in our region. We feel so helpless now because we can’t help people when they are desperate and emergency services are so critical. Immediate access will be the greatest gift of this project.”

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). For tools to use in talking to a young person about preventing alcohol or drug use, visit the State’s Talk2Prevent website here. Visit http://www.combatheroin.ny.gov/ for more information on addressing heroin and prescription opioid abuse, including a Kitchen Table Tool Kit to help start the conversation about the warning signs of addiction and where to get help. Addiction treatment providers can be located on the NYS OASAS Find Help page and available treatment beds can be found using the OASAS Bed Availability Dashboard.

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