GCASA Awarded Grant to Build Detox Unit
Written by Dan Fischer on February 28, 2018
The Genesee Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (GCASA) gets a $1.9-million state grant to build 16 bed detox unit.
GCASA Executive Director John Bennett tells WBTA the need for such a facility is urgent:
The detox unit will consist of 16 single units in a new building to be constructed on CGASA’s Main Street campus. Bennett says he hopes to have the unit operating by July of next year.
The GCASA grant was part of a $10-million award in capital funding to five providers for the development of 84 new community-based Medically Supervised Withdrawal and Stabilization Services beds throughout New York. The detox programs will provide around-the-clock care to people who are under the influence of alcohol, opioids, or other substances, or suffering from withdrawal, and help stabilize them and connect them to long-term treatment services.
“This investment for new community-based detox programs will provide the care and treatment services needed to help people suffering from alcohol and drug addiction,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Co-Chair of the Heroin and Opioid Task Force. “These programs are providing resources and helping to save lives, particularly in underserved communities.”
Medically Supervised Withdrawal and Stabilization Programs offer medical assessment, information about recovery support, family treatment, clinical services, and medication to manage withdrawal symptoms. This expansion of services is part of the Governor’s continued multi-pronged approach to address the opioid epidemic by providing comprehensive prevention, treatment, and recovery services.