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UPMC Chautauqua WCA Receives $700,000 for Long Term Residential Services Beds

 

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JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK (Friday, January 13, 2017)—According to a press release from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo dated January 12, more than $8.1 million was awarded to eight addiction treatment providers in seven counties across New York State to combat opioid misuse and heroin use, and the disease of addiction.  UPMC Chautauqua WCA, is pleased to announce that the hospital is an awardee of $700,000 in funding that will be used for the construction of a 20-bed, long-term residential treatment program in Jamestown, New York.

The long-term residential program in Jamestown will fill a substantial and significantly needed disparity in local services that has been compelling patients to leave the area for care.

“We are becoming even stronger in Jamestown as we expand our efforts to combat the disease of addiction and expand critically needed long-term residential services in the region,” said Betsy T. Wright, president, UPMC Chautauqua WCA.  “Our new residential program is about saving lives and providing individuals with the essential and necessary resources that will allow them to overcome addiction and enjoy life.  As a major health care anchor in the region, UPMC Chautauqua WCA’s strategy moving forward will be to encompass the philosophy of community benefit including adding jobs, investing in the improved health of the community, and improving the overall well-being of the people we serve while building an even stronger and healthier hospital, city, and region. “

The residential treatment program will complement existing New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) certified program services at UPMC Chautauqua WCA that include:

The innovative residential treatment program will establish three elements of care established by the OASAS Residential Redesign for patients 18 years of age and older including, stabilization, residential rehabilitation, and community integration.

“This is another big win for our community,” said Steve Kilburn, UPMC Chautauqua WCA board member.  “Exceptional health care in Jamestown continues to grow stronger.  I am excited for what this will mean for our patients and their families as one more advanced level of care for the treatment of chemical dependency addiction is available, right here in our hometown.”

Andy O’Brien, director of inpatient chemical dependency and outpatient chemical dependency and mental health services, UPMC Chautauqua WCA, says that individuals can be in the residential program for up to one year.  “This is a dramatic difference than the services we currently offer.  The residential program is a very complex operation that requires a great deal of resources and expertise.  The epidemic of substance abuse in the past several years across the state has been well recognized by Governor Cuomo and the New York State of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. I am pleased that our community health agencies, partners, and coalitions, and this hospital for rising to the challenge that will propel us forward as we integrate this vital program into our excellent breadth and scope of programs that we currently provide.”

The residential program will be located on the 4th Floor of Jones Memorial Health Center at 51 Glasgow Street.  Although there is not a definitive date of opening, the team of UPMC Chautauqua WCA will begin the thoughtful planning process of applying for the Certificate Of Need; planning for the design, construction, and program operations; and working collectively with its UPMC partners and community health agencies alongside the vital input from the entire community.

“I am proud of the hard work of our hospital leaders and treatment staff who met the challenge to secure local residential treatment funding in partnership with countless individuals, community health agencies, political representatives, and particularly the families, friends, and neighbors touched by drug addiction, adds Mrs. Wright.  “Collectively, we have worked fervently and passionately to make this vision our reality.  Together, with the $26.4 million funding through the Essential Health Care Provider Support Program that will include new patient care areas, facility consolidations, infrastructure upgrades, and additional technology and information system advancements, we are positioned for continued growth that will strengthen the health of this region for years to come.”

Local resident, Kim Carlson, mother of son, Alex Foulk who died from an overdose, says there is hope on the horizon.  “We have hope in the comfort of knowing that change is coming,” Kim said.  “Our community deserves recovery and we are not going to settle for allowing our children to keep dying.  What UPMC Chautauqua WCA is bringing to this community is what every community deserves.  I almost feel like I can reach out and touch it.  I honestly believe that Alex’s life was so valuable that in his dying, we are finding ways to make life better for others and that gives me great strength to get up every day.”

For Governor Cuomo’s complete press release, visit www.ny.gov.  For a list of inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency and mental health services at UPMC Chautauqua WCA, go to UPMCChautauquaWCA.org.

 


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