The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) today announced the expansion of the inpatient detox facility operated by Helio Health in Rochester. The facility will now have 40 beds available, an increase from the previous total of 25 beds. These additional beds are expected to be operational by the beginning of 2019. The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, which already provides approximately $1.3 million for Helio Health services in Monroe County, is providing $450,000 in annual operational funding to support the new beds.
“We’re investing in treatment facilities across the state to help save lives, and ensure that individuals struggling with addiction have the resources they need to recover,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Co-Chair of the Heroin and Opioid Abuse Task Force. “We’re aggressively working to combat the opioid epidemic in New York, and the expansion of Helio Health in Rochester will provide additional beds for residents of Monroe County battling addiction and seeking services and support.
“Detox is a vital part of the OASAS continuum of care, and is the first step for many people in their recovery from substance use disorders,” OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said. “Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s efforts to add more beds, more people in Monroe County will be able to access this service closer to where they live.”
Medically Supervised Withdrawal and Stabilization services offer medical assessment, information about recovery support, family treatment, clinical services, and medication to manage withdrawal symptoms. Detox programs are a short-term service designed to prepare and connect people to longer term treatment.
The Helio Health facility is located at 1350 University Avenue in Rochester.
New York State Senator Rich Funke said, “As a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, I will continue to advocate for additional treatment beds and support services for our community. Every individual deserves the chance to begin their road to recovery as quickly and efficiently as possible. I commend the organizations in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region for their continued efforts in our fight to address this growing public health epidemic.”
New York State Assemblymember Harry B. Bronson said, “The opioid epidemic continues to plague our community, and I applaud Governor Cuomo and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse for committing additional resources to this fight. I also wish to thank Helio Health for providing families with the treatment options they need. Detox is the first step to getting people on the road to recovery, and by expanding the number of beds available to individuals beginning that journey, we can reduce the harm that opioid addiction is inflicting on our families and our community.”
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, 7-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. Visit CombatAddiction.ny.gov to learn more about the warning signs of addiction, review information on how to get help, and access resources on how to facilitate conversations with loved ones and communities about addiction. For tools to use in talking to a young person about preventing alcohol or drug use, visit the State’s Talk2Prevent website.