Press Release: Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County , a leader in strengthening our community by offering hope and recovery to people struggling with substance use disorder, has been awarded $450,000 in funding from the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASAS). The award will support the development of a 24/7 Regional Open Access Center located in Tompkins County, which will also serve Chemung, Cortland, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, and Yates counties.
“Substance abuse knows no age, knows no income and knows no zip code in New York or across the nation,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement announcing the award. “With these around-the-clock Open Access Centers, we can provide critical services night and day to New Yorkers when they need it most.”
“We’re very pleased to have been awarded this OASAS funding,” said Angela Sullivan, Alcohol & Drug Council’s Executive Director. “These resources will enable us to continue building strong, collaborative partnerships and offer a service model that much more effectively and compassionately addresses a huge public health crisis in our region. Our goal is to offer easily accessible, evidence-based treatment for people with substance use disorders, and this funding will help us to achieve that goal. This facility will fill a critical gap in the continuum of care in addiction treatment and serve as a valuable resource for Tompkins and surrounding counties.”
Addiction-related crises often occur during nighttime hours, when hospital emergency departments or law enforcement agencies are the only available interventions. In most cases, these are not the most appropriate or cost-effective options, and do not support long-term recovery. This standalone Open Access Center will eventually serve as a gateway to Alcohol & Drug Council’s planned Detox/Stabilization facility, and will offer a safe and stigma-free environment for people with substance use disorders to see help whenever they are ready – at any time of the day or night. Clinicians will make assessments and work with each individual to determine the most appropriate level of care. Partner agencies and Peer Recovery Support Advocates will also offer access to a wide range of ongoing medical, nutrition, mental health, advocacy, legal, housing, employment, and social services.