New center in Syracuse offers 24/7 care to drug addicts

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - Syracuse Behavioral Health has opened the Regional Open Access Center for Addiction (ROACA), to provide open access assessments and evaluations 24 hours a day, seven days a week to individuals seeking immediate assistance for substance use disorder.

The ROACA provides individuals in Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison, Cortland, Oneida and Oswego counties with screening and assessment to determine an appropriate treatment, as well as community recovery service options in their home county.

SBH says the ROACA’s 24/7 operation is unique and its central location in Syracuse is close to hospitals, a Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP), community-based treatment providers, and the area’s only medically supervised withdrawal and stabilization program.

“In our many discussions with individuals, families and groups in our region who have seen or experienced a substance use disorder, it is clear that an urgent response is what’s missing from the system,” said Jeremy Klemanski, President and CEO of Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare. "Outpatient, inpatient, and detox services all exist both locally and regionally, but there was no one place for a person to go and get an assessment for treatment options at any time. Our 24/7 Regional Open Access Center for Addiction will lead to a low cost, effective and transformational solution for access to substance use treatments and recovery supports.”


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