PSINGER@Gannett.com Published 4:28 p.m. ET Feb. 27, 2018
Villa of Hope will receive approximately $2 million for 18 detox beds to serve older teens, part of funding to expand detox services statewide.
The location of the beds needs to be determined.
“We are so absolutely thrilled to get these beds and address this crisis,” said Christina Gullo, president and chief executive officer of Villa of Hope.
The money will be used for medically supervised withdrawal and stabilization services, which provide 24-hour care to people who are under the influence or suffering from withdrawal of substances. Once stabilized, the individuals can be connected to long-term services.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding Tuesday. The money comes from the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.
Five agencies in the Finger Lakes, Capital Region, Mid-Hudson Valley, North Country and Southern Tier will share $10 million to build 84 beds.
The exact amount of the award will depend on expenses. Also in the Finger Lakes, the approximate award for Genesee Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Inc., which serves Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, is $1.9 million for 16 beds.
Trinity of Chemung County is expected to receive $2.38 million for 20 beds.
The award to Villa of Hope would provide the first detox group of beds in Monroe County for younger people. Currently, the only detox beds are at Syracuse Behavioral Health, and they are for people 18 and older.
Villa of Hope serves infants to 25-year-olds and their families with a variety of residential and off-campus programs. Gullo said the beds would be for open to anyone 16 and older.
“It will give the opportunity for 16- and 17-year-olds who need this treatment,” she said. Younger people will need other services, she said. Older people would be eligible for the service if a bed were available.
It may take several months before the beds are ready. The timing is based in part on whether the beds become part of the Villa of Hope campus on Dewey Avenue in Greece.
Gullo said Villa of Hope, which has been in Greece for 75 years, needs to meet with the town to see if there are any zoning issues. She said Villa of Hope has 40 acres, and there is plenty of room for a facility that would not infringe on any neighbors and be welcoming to people coming for treatment.
Villa of Hope also has been discussing potential locations in Gates.
“Our first preference would be working with the town of Greece on this life-saving project,” Gullo said.
Villa of Hope responded to a request for proposal by OASAS. She said the state agency has not imposed a deadline and is used to working with local organizations on logistics.