The clinic will serve approximately 500 people a year with integrated behavioral health and substance abuse services.
DUNKIRK, NY – A new addiction treatment clinic opened Wednesday in Dunkirk. The Acacia Network held a dedication ceremony for the Safe Point Lighthouse this morning.
According to the press release, the clinic will serve approximately 500 people a year with integrated behavioral health and addictions services that include drug treatment, counseling, peer support services, relapse prevention, health care mental, physical exams and referrals.
“We commend Governor Hochul and the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports for their continued commitment to addressing the opioid crisis in communities where there is great need, especially in underserved low-income areas of upstate and western New York,” said Lymaris Albors, CEO of Acacia Network. “Acacia Network and PROMESA are proud to partner with New York State, OASAS, Chautauqua County and the City of Dunkirk to serve this great community, home to a growing Latin American population and home to approximately one quarter of all households. poverty. We look forward to working together to continue to fight this epidemic and save lives. »
The clinic will have counsellors, peer specialists, social workers, nurses and other staff who will be available to use “proven harm reduction strategies and provide culturally safe and trauma-informed care.” “.
According to the press release, in the United States, overdose deaths exceeded 100,000 in 2021 and in Chautauqua County, non-fatal overdoses increased by 54% and overdose deaths by 18% between 2019 and 2020. .
“Addiction does not discriminate and can have devastating effects on families. Through the leadership of Governor Hochul and the great work done by our partners at OASAS, New York State is committed to ensuring that all New Yorkers can access the treatment, support and resources they need. need to fight addiction,” said Acting Secretary of State Robert J. Rodriguez. “The Safe Point Lighthouse will provide a full range of services to individuals and families here in Western New York, serving as a beacon of hope for those seeking recovery assistance.”