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State grant will fund detox site in Batavia that will serve Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming counties

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 February 2018 at 6:12 pm

BATAVIA – State funding will pay for a new detox facility in Batavia to be run by the Genesee-Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.

GCASA currently offers supported living facilities. The new detox site will provide around-the-clock care to people who are under the influence of alcohol, opioids, or other substances, or who are suffering from withdrawal, and help stabilize them and connect them to long-term treatment services.

The closest sites currently residents in Orleans County are in Rochester or Buffalo, and there is often a waiting list.

GCASA was awarded a $1.9 million grant to open the facility that will have 16 beds. It will serve residents in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

Mark O’Brien, director of the Orleans County Mental Health Department, told county legislators today the detox facility, which is planned to open in mid 2019, is great news for Orleans County and residents struggling with addiction.

The GCASA grant is one of five approved by the state, which making $10 million in capital funding available for five providers for the development of 84 new community-based Medically Supervised Withdrawal and Stabilization Services beds.

“Communities across the country have felt the impact of the opioid epidemic and New York will continue to combat this scourge until this crisis has been eradicated once and for all,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in announcing the grants. “This funding will bring desperately needed resources to communities across state, allowing us to reach more people and get them the help they need.”

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