Governor Cuomo has announced two new actions to expand addiction treatment and recovery services. The plans were announced on Tuesday at the grand opening of a new $8.4 Million outpatient addiction treatment center in Rochester.
$4.5 million in funding is available to develop Open Access Centers in nine of the ten regions across the state, with the exception of Central New York, where Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare was selected to develop a 24/7 Open Access Center through a locally issued, state-funded procurement.
H.E.A.L. President Lon Fricano applauds the announcement, and is happy to see government and non-government agencies waking up to the reality of the crisis.
He tells Finger Lakes News Radio Auburn Community Hospital is stepping up to help locally.
In addition to funding the Open Access Centers, the state will also seek input on the development of two pilot recovery high schools that will offer an alternative,multi-service high school program for students dealing with a substance use disorder.