PLATTSBURGH — A $50,000 allotment of state money will help the Champlain Valley Family Center for Drug Treatment and Youth Services Inc. step up efforts to help those battling the disease of addiction.
"This $50,000 means, simply put, that we are going to improve our services," CVFC Executive Director Connie Wille said at a news conference Monday morning.
CVFC offers school and community-based prevention programs, family support programs, supportive housing and substance use treatment for Clinton County residents.
The $50,000 in state funding was secured in the 2019-20 state budget by Assemblyman D. Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh).
It will go to help the center deliver services to clients mostly at the Recovery Campus in Schuyler Falls.
Ronald Garrow, director of the Recovery Campus, said recovery from substance-use disorder is a process of change in which individuals can improve their health and wellness.
The campus offers a variety of services intended to improve an individual's physical, mental and emotional health, Garrow said.
Residents at the facility are provided with medical stabilization, withdrawal management, medication-assisted treatment, psychiatric evaluations, medication management, individual and group counseling; encouraged to develop healthy social skills and participate in sober recreational activities; assisted in realizing their vocational and educational goals; and able to engage in family therapeutic sessions before rejoining the community.
"The impact of this funding will be far-reaching and improve the lives of those individuals fortunate enough to find their way to treatment and to begin their recovery journey," Garrow said.
"Champlain Valley Family Center Recovery Campus will use these dollars to continue to provide the comprehensive services that enable our clients to establish a foundation for long-term recovery and a substance-free life."
Wille said the fight against addiction of all kinds continues to be a challenge, including the opioid addiction epidemic that has plagued the nation the past decade or so.
"I want you all to know that, clearly, the opioid epidemic is not over," Wille said.
Jones said every bit of support helps.
"We've all had people in our lives affected by this awful disease," he said.
"But I think we are really getting at the cusp of the problem."
Wille said the state money will help CVFC — a not-for-profit agency — stretch its "razor thin," budget.
"This gift is going to be dedicated to the Recovery Campus in Schuyler Falls and we will be greatly improving the services up there," she said.
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