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New York State Announces $10 Million in Funds for Drugs, Alcohol Detox Programs

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    New York State Announces $10 Million in Funds for Drugs, Alcohol Detox Programs
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    What to Know

    • $10 million in state funding has been awarded to five providers who will offer detox programs for NYers suffering from addiction withdrawal

    • 84 beds for the Medically Supervised Withdrawal and Stabilization Services will be overseen with around-the-clock care

    • The state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services will provide capital funding for construction for each program

    A total of $10 million in state funding has been awarded to five providers who will offer detox programs for New Yorkers suffering from addiction withdrawal.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that 84 beds for the Medically Supervised Withdrawal and Stabilization Services will be overseen with around-the-clock care for people under the influence of alcohol or opioids and will connect addiction sufferers to long-term treatment services.

    The Democrat said in a statement that the funding will bring “resources to communities across the state.” The detox programs will allow service providers to people in underserved areas get the help they need.

    "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," Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, co-chair of the Heroin and Opioid Task Force, said in a statement.

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    The new detox beds will be located in the Albany area, the Mid-Hudson Valley, the Finger Lakes region, the North Country, and the Southern Tier.

    The state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services will provide capital funding for construction for each program.

    The news comes a week after the state announced that it is making more than $4 million available to expand addiction treatment services in New York City neighborhoods as part of ongoing efforts to combat the heroin and opioid crisis across New York state.

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