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NYS and the battle against opioid addiction

by brockportnews
Tue, Sep 18th 2018 09:00 pm

On Friday, Sept. 4, the New York State Offices of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) announced that there will now be 40 beds open at the detox facility located at 1350 University Avenue in Rochester, New York. The facility previously only had 25 beds, but NYS OASAS announced in a statement that the beds will be available in early 2019.

The detox facility in Rochester is run by Helio Health. It is an organization that provides services across medical and patient services areas. The organization utilizes advanced techniques to provide optimal services.

In efforts to combat opioid addictions, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an award of $10 million in Capital Funding to expand services statewide.

The NYS OASAS which already provided $1.3 million for the Helio Health services, is now providing $450,000 in its annual operational funding in support for new beds along with $564,374 for start up cost. 

“We’re investing in treatment facilities across the state to help save lives, and ensure that individuals struggling with addiction have the resources they need to recover,” Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Co-Chair of the Heroin and Opioid Abuse Task Force said in a statement. 

“We’re aggressively working to combat the opioid epidemic in New York, and the expansion of Helio Health in Rochester will provide additional beds for residents of Monroe County battling addiction and seeking services and support.”

Medically supervised withdrawal and stabilization services offer many services for families that have someone going through the detox programs such as medical assessments, clinic services, information on recovery support and medication to help manage withdrawal symptoms. This is part of Cuomo’s continued “multi- pronged” expansion approach to address the opioid epidemic.

“The opioid epidemic continues to plague our community, and I applaud Governor Cuomo and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse for committing additional resources to this fight. I also wish to thank Helio Health for providing families with the treatment options they need,” New York State Assembly member Harry Bronson said in a statement. “Detox is the first step to getting people on the road to recovery, and by expanding the number of beds available to individuals beginning that journey, we can reduce the harm that opioid addiction is inflicting on our families and our community.”

According to the Democrat and Chronicle, 103 people died this year to suspected opioid overdose. In July, 18 people died from suspected overdose. The Democrat and Chronicle reported that a medical examiner explained 220 people died in the year 2017 due to overdose.

“No corner of the state has been spared the 

This funding will help create pathways to recovery for people struggling with substance use disorder. Across New York City and state, overdose death rates continue to rise despite our efforts,” Assembly member Linda Rosenthal, Chair of the Assembly committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse said in a statement. “We have a responsibility to robustly fund prevention education, treatment and recovery services statewide to help save lives. Every man, woman, and child in the state who wants help should be able to find it where they live. This funding is a step toward recognizing that ideal.”

OASAS is providing the capital funding for construction needs for multiple programs in New York State, programs like PEOPLE (Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Columbia and Greene Counties), Genesee Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties), St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center (Franklin and Essex) and Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse of Livingston County (d/b/a Trinity of Chemung County). Each program is expected to have at least 10 new beds open when construction is finished.

For any New York State occupant that is struggling with addiction can find the help by calling the toll-free, 24 hour, 7 day-a-week HOPEline at 1-877-8HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or text HOPENY (467369).