Seneca County joins effort to get state funds for jail inmate substance abuse treatment

As of Wednesday, 104 people were incarcerated in the Seneca County Correctional Facility in Romulus. County mental health and jail officials said 75 to 90 percent of them have mild, moderate or severe substance abuse and addiction problems. In many cases, their addiction was the underlying cause of their arrests. Seneca County has paid for Tania Doverspike, a full-time substance... more

Cayuga Centers ending Residential Treatment Center; as many as 120 to be laid off

Cayuga Centers announced Thursday it's closing its Residential Treatment Center, laying off as many as 120 employees in the process. The Auburn-based institution said in a release "dramatic changes in the nature of the youths it has been treating" prompted the decision by the Board of Trustees on Wednesday. When the last resident is discharged, as many as 120 employees... more

Public forum will outline Cayuga County Social Services five-year plan

The Cayuga County Department of Social Services is inviting the public to attend an upcoming forum examining its five-year plan for the family services it provides. Called The Child and Families Services Plan, Deputy Director Christine Bianco said it will include goals for programs like child protective services, preventative service, foster care, adoption, adult services and others. It will cover... more

Cayuga County seeks state funding for jail inmates’ substance abuse treatment

The New York State Association of Counties wants the state to provide $12.8 million annually to local governments for treatment and transition of county jail inmates tackling substance abuse disorders. Those costs currently rest on counties' shoulders, and Cayuga County Community Services Director Ray Bizzari said officials have been lobbying for the state to take off some of the financial... more

Wayne County chosen for 24/7 drug abuse treatment center

Wayne County has been chosen as a regional site for a 24/7 Open Access Center in the continuing battle against substance abuse. The county’s mental health department was recently awarded $450,000 by the state to expand access to substance abuse treatment in the county and surrounding counties of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Region. The center will serve Wayne, Ontario,... more

WEBER THIS WEEK: Jennifer Venuti Harris of Thrive to Survive (podcast)

Meet the Vice-President of Thrive to Survive, Jennifer Venuti Harris on Monday afternoon’s edition of Weber This Week. Thrive to Survive is dedicated to providing support in a variety of ways to adults living in Geneva, Waterloo, Seneca Falls, Stanley, Clifton Springs, Phelps, Dundee, Keuka Park, and Penn Yan diagnosed and being treated for cancer. Through this support, Thrive to... more

Centers for Disease Control releases update on flu season, vaccine effectivness

Better than nothing. That’s the official word from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to an updated release about the effectiveness of the flu shot. Preliminary data from five sites around the country suggest that those who have been vaccinated reduced their risk of getting a ‘serious’ case of the flu by 36 percent. If that number seems... more

Tompkins County Health Department: Flu diagnoses continue to rise, tips to stay healthy

As flu diagnoses continue to increase across New York State, Governor Cuomo has authorized counties to expand efforts that promote and increase access to flu vaccine and other prevention techniques. Tompkins County, similar to statewide trends, is seeing an   increase in flu this season. The Health Department is urging residents to get their flu shot to slow down and stop... more

OxyContin maker cuts sales staff, won’t hawk drug to docs

The decision by OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to stop encouraging physicians to write the painkiller's scripts is drawing positive reviews from opioid experts who caution that far more work must be done to crush the killer epidemic. Purdue said it is slashing its sales staff and will halt, effective Monday, promoting the drug to health care professionals. The decision comes... more

Details emerge on Thompson hospital hidden camera

Whatever photos or videos were taken by a recording device discovered last month in a bathroom at Thompson Hospital were not on the device after it was found. “Once it was recovered and examined there were no images,” Canandaigua Police Chief Stephen Hedworth said Wednesday. Police continue to investigate the hidden camera that was discovered and turned over to police.... more

Staggering flu numbers reported in NY, more than 11K confirmed cases

The flu is getting worse in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the influenza epidemic continued to increase across New York State over the past week, with 11,683 laboratory confirmed influenza cases reported to the New York State Department of Health, and 2,221 New Yorkers hospitalized with confirmed influenza. These numbers are again the highest weekly numbers in both categories... more

Flu causing overflow at Thompson Hospital

Flu cases in Ontario County are three times higher this year compared to January of 2017, according to the Ontario County Health Department. UR Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua tells 13WHAM they have seen a surge in patients in the last month. “We are seeing a flu surge, and a surge in general in other illnesses as well,” said Kurt Koczent,... more

Pediatrician, nurse practitioner to take over arrested Clyde doctor’s office

A pediatrician and nurse practitioner will begin seeing patients at the former office of Dr. David Blasczak next week, Finger Lakes Health announced Friday. Blasczak, 69, was arrested last week after investigators say Dr. David Blasczak took explicit pictures of his young patients in his Clyde office. They say he told parents he did this for research. Prosecutors say he... more

Judge grants extension to Wayne County doctor to find attorney

The doctor in Wayne County accused of sharing child porn and taking photos of at least eight of his child patients returned to federal court Friday morning. David Blasczak was scheduled to have an attorney assigned to him. The public defender assigned to Blasczak requested an additional week for his client to obtain a defense attorney with help from his... more

Opioids in Yates County: The struggle continues

Every county in New York has been touched by the opioid epidemic. Yates is no exception. According to a new report of hospital admission and emergency department data from Common Ground Health, Yates County experienced the second highest rate of opioid abuse in the Finger Lakes region in 2016. In 2016, Yates County residents visited hospital emergency departments (EDs) for... more

Auburn City Council looking at Casey Park, landfill, drinking water projects

The next steps for several ongoing Auburn-area projects will be discussed during Thursday's Auburn City Council meeting. Casey Park City planning staff members Renee Jensen and Tiffany Beebee will unveil the design for the new all-inclusive, handicap-accessible playground at Casey Park. The city is working with the Ithaca company Play By Design to create the playground, which will be built... more

Clyde doctor arrest creates problems for patients

As their doctor sits behind bars charged with possessing thousands of images of child pornography, patients in Wayne County are scrambling to find care. Dr. David Blasczak built his practice in Clyde over several decades. Now, many of his patients are wondering what's next for their care. Patients with upcoming appointments at Dr. Blasczak's office tell News10NBC they haven't heard... more
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