NYAPRS Note: NYAPRS congratulates Steve Miccio and PEOPLE, Inc for their award of an Office of Alcoholism and Substance Use Services $2.3 million allocation to create 20 new beds for medically supervised withdrawal and stabilization services. The program will have a heavy emphasis on the use of peer specialists.
Poughkeepsie-Based Detox Program People, Inc. Receives $2.3M For More Beds
ALBANY – A Poughkeepsie-based wellness organization will be receiving $2.38 million in state funding for detox programs for those dealing with addiction withdrawal, according to a release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.
The funding is intended to allow PEOPLe, Inc. to create 20 new beds for medically supervised withdrawal and stabilization services.
A total of $10 million was awarded to five detox programs around the state, to create 84 new beds in all. The funding is intended to 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," according to a statement.
PEOPLe, Inc., has locations in Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park, Kingston, Walden, Garrison and Glens Falls, and specifically has recovery centers at its Poughkeepsie and Kingston locations. Where the beds will be created is yet to be determined, according to the company, which said the beds will serve the capital and Hudson Valley regions.
"PEOPLe, Inc is dedicated to ensuring that people living with addiction have access to and receive quality innovative treatment in our communities," Chief Executive Officer Steve Miccio said in an email. "The service is designed to deliver person centered whole heath approaches to wellness."
In addition to its detox services, PEOPLe, Inc., also offers mental health and trauma recovery, peer advocacy, employment counseling and housing services, according to its website.
Other areas receiving funding include the Finger Lakes, in which two organizations will create 34 beds, the North Country, and Southern Tier.
"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," Cuomo said in a statement. "This funding will bring desperately needed resources to communities across state, allowing us to reach more people and get them the help they need."
In a statement, Sen. George Amedore, the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, whose district covers Ulster County and the capital region, said the opioid epidemic "is spreading throughout every community and devastating so many lives. We need to continue to make strides in preventing substance use disorders and expand important recovery services here in New York State. These programs will make a real difference for an individual's path to recovery."
OASAS will provide capital funding for construction needs to each program listed below. Exact award amounts will be determined based on actual expenses; approximate totals are:
Capital Region and Mid-Hudson Valley
- PEOPLe, Inc., Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Columbia, & Greene Counties- $2.38 million for20 beds
- Genesee Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse, Inc., Genesee, Orleans & Wyoming Counties -$1.9 million for16 beds
- Villa of Hope, Monroe County-$2.14 million for 18 beds
- St. Joseph's Rehabilitation Center, Inc., Franklin and Essex Counties-$1.2 million for 10 beds
- Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse of Livingston County, Inc. (d/b/a Trinity of Chemung County), Chemung County - $2.38 million for 20 beds