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Funding Awarded To Establish Opioid Program

Funding for a 100-slot opioid treatment program — the first set to be located in Chautauqua County — has been awarded by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports.

The new program will be operated by UPMC Chautauqua and located at the Jones Memorial Health Center in Jamestown. The project was awarded through a Request for Proposals process administered by OASAS and announced Thursday.

“Funding for this new treatment program builds on targeted investments across the state as part of our aggressive efforts to combat the opioid epidemic,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, co-chair of the state Heroin and Opioid Task Force. “The Opioid Treatment Program in Jamestown will add 100 treatment slots to help individuals and families on the road to recovery in Chautauqua County. We are committed to advancing our efforts to fight this crisis by expanding treatment and support services to help save lives.”

The approach allows for a patient-centered, individualized treatment of substance use, state officials said.

The new OTP will add to the existing substance use disorder services already in place at the Jones Memorial Health Center, located at 51 Glasgow Ave., and will include an outpatient program and a residential treatment program. The new OTP will enable UPMC Chautauqua to provide all three FDA-approved medicines for addiction (methadone, buprenorphine, and vivitrol). The exact amount of capital funding for this facility will be determined following a feasibility study conducted by UPMC and OASAS.

“Providing important funding for a new 100 slot opioid treatment program in conjunction with UPMC-WCA Hospital is part of a broader strategy of providing more treatment options for Chautauqua County residents,” said state Assemblyman Andrew Goodell. “The new program that provides medication assisted treatment in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies will complement existing resources by providing another effective treatment method. We appreciate the continued support and assistance of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports in working with our local medical professionals in making this project a reality.”

New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the state’s toll-free, 24-hour, seven-day-a-week HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369).

Available addiction treatment including crisis/detox, inpatient, community residence, or outpatient care can be found using the NYS OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at FindAddictionTreatment.ny.gov or through the NYS OASAS website.

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