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Dinolfo Announces Funding for Opioid Detox Beds

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced $1 million in new funding for short-term, in-patient treatment beds. The funding, which comes through a grant from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), will be used to create 15 new beds to treat opioid withdrawal and treatment.

“Monroe County families continue to feel the heartbreak resulting from opioid addiction,” said Dinolfo. "These new resources will have a significant impact on our ability to provide immediate care to individuals going through withdrawal. Combined with the resources we announced earlier this week, which focus on long-term treatment and recovery, we’re enhancing the spectrum of care available to those struggling with addiction. Securing these resources has been a top priority and Monroe County will continue to lead the fight against the opioid epidemic in our community.”

The grant includes $564,374 in start-up funding to work with Helio Health, Inc. for their Medically Supervised Withdrawal-Inpatient Services Program. An additional $450,000 will fund operational costs related to the 15 new beds.

This funding is in addition to the $2.4 million in opioid response and jail diversion funding secured by Monroe County earlier this week. The $2.4 million will be allocated toward expanding the Rochester Drug Court, proactive outreach to expand connectivity to long-term treatment and recovery options, and implementing a new mental health Jail Diversion Drop-Off Center.

”I want to thank our partners in state and federal government for their continued support of our Opioid Action Plan, which is having an impact on families right here in Monroe County,” continued Dinolfo.

More details about the County’s Opioid Action Plan can be found at www.monroecounty.gov/opioids.