Funding approved for drug treatment facility at Broome Developmental Center

TOWN OF DICKINSON, N.Y. - Broome County Executive Jason Garnar is one step closer to fulfilling a major campaign promise with the help of both Republican and Democratic state lawmakers.

Garnar was joined by State Senator Fred Akshar, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and a representative of Assemblyman Cliff Crouch to announce the state's approval and funding for placing a drug treatment center at the Broome Developmental Center on Glenwood Road in the Town of Dickinson.

While running for office last year, Garnar proposed using the state facility, which used to be a residential treatment center for the developmentally disabled, to provide needed services as our area grapples with a heroin crisis.

The state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) has given authorization for 50 detox and in-patient treatment beds to start with an opportunity to expand to 100 beds.

Akshar has also made battling the opioid epidemic a cornerstone of his tenure in office.

"I am 100% committed with my partners to making sure this becomes a reality. If I can say 3 very, very important words, if you listen to nothing else I have said this morning, in dealing with an issue like this, it's about putting people before politics," said Akshar.

Broome County is issuing a Request for Proposals looking for service providers.

Everyone at Thursday's news conference praised the speed at which the state lawmakers were able to convince the state agencies to agree to repurpose the building.

They say that if everything goes as planned, the facility could open in as little as four months following some minor construction work.

However, the Republican-controlled County Legislature must vote to accept the state money for the project to proceed.

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