Plans are moving along on Tompkins County’s first detox facility, aimed in large part to help combat the heroin and opioid crisis facing communities everywhere.
The Alcohol & Drug Council of Tompkins County has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Care Compass Network Innovation Fund.
The agency is a private, non-profit providing information, education, counseling and referral services for area residents and organizations.
The award will support the development of a 20-24 bed residential detox/stabilization and rehabilitation center in Tompkins County.
The facility will offer a 24/7 walk-in path to recovery.
Angela Sullivan, Executive Director of the Alcohol and Drug Council says, “We want to have an open, stigma free place where people can actually come and address their addiction when they’re ready as opposed to waiting for a bed, weeks and weeks of waiting.”
The facility is one piece of the Ithaca Plan announced last year that made headlines for its supervised injection site proposal.
Currently there is no detox facility in Tompkins County, making this facility a critical entry point for people seeking treatment Sullivan says.
“That entry point of treatment and recovery and stays with them through an actual detox phase and a stabilization phase and then they either are referred to the other levels of care.” Sullivan tells NewsChannel 9.
In 2015 the agency had to send 220 people to detox facilities out of Tompkins County, in almost every case an hour or more away.
“We are pushing through this as quickly as possible because the need is great. And everyday this isn’t in our community is a day too long,” she says.
The search is on for space and Sullivan says once they lock it down expects about 12 months to renovate and equip it.