New Health Facilities Expected This Year

By the end of this year, three new health care facilities will be operating to help those in need.

Medical officials on the Health Care Action Team gave updates last week on the opening of the new health care facilities.

Andy O’Brien, UPMC Chautauqua WCA director of inpatient chemical dependency and outpatient chemical dependency and mental health services, discussed the opening of the new long-term drug treatment center that will be at Jones Memorial Health Center, located at 51 Glasgow Ave. O’Brien said renovations to Jones Memorial won’t be extensive for the 20-bed, long-term residential treatment program.

He said the $700,000 grant they received from the state was titled ”Rapid Expansion Grant,” which means state officials want the facility opening as soon as possible. He said the facility should be operational by late fall or early 2018. He added that he is still searching for medical personnel for the new long-term drug rehab facility.

In January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $8.1 million was awarded to eight addiction treatment providers in seven counties across New York state, including UPMC Chautauqua WCA. WCA’s program will cater specifically to individuals suffering from severe and chronic drug addictions. Length of treatment, which varies on a patient’s condition, can last up to a year.

The Chautauqua Center could be opening their new facility this fall. Michael Pease, The Chautauqua Center director, said no major deconstruction is needed for their new Jamestown facility that will be located at 107 Institute St. He said, hopefully, the new facility will be opened sometime this fall.

In June, it was announced The Chautauqua Center received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who awarded 13 health centers in New York.

The Chautauqua Center operates a location at 319 Central Ave., Suite B, in Dunkirk and a temporary location at 110 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown.

The Chautauqua Center received another federal grant May 2015 for $702,000 to run a temporary Jamestown location. The newest federal grant will be put toward the $5 million cost of a permanent location for The Chautauqua Center.

For more information on The Chautauqua Center, go to thechautauquacenter.org or call 363-6050 or 484-4334.

HCAT members also discussed the opening of the former Union Gospel Mission, located at 7 First St., which shut down in the fall of 2015 following the retirement of the Rev. John Steinhauser. In January, Jim Quattrone, board member of United Christian Advocacy Network, also known as UCAN, said they received the keys to the mission in hopes of reopening the emergency shelter soon.

The previous Union Gospel Mission dissolved and dispersed their assets after Steinhauser’s retirement, which is how UCAN came to possess the building. Quattrone said there is some work that needs to be done at the facility, such as cleaning and other activities. Also, items such as toiletries, mattresses, bedding, larger cooking utensils, pots and pans and other necessities will have to be acquired as well.

Quattrone said the goal for UCAN Jamestown Mission is to have longer-term transitional housing, anywhere between nine to 18 months, available.

To donate funds to benefit the mission, Quattrone said to send a check made out to UCAN to United Christian Advocacy Network, P.O. Box 202, Lakewood, NY. To donate items or volunteer, he invites individuals and groups to call him at 490-3300 or email him at quattronej@gmail.com.

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