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, Seneca, Yates, Livingston, Wyoming, Genesee, Orleans and Monroe counties.
“This Open Access Center will allow us to have a significant impact and better help the people in our community who are suffering from the ravages of heroin and opioid addiction, by making these services immediately available to anyone at any time — day or night — and also those suffering from a mental health problem will likewise be equally able to receive help and services right away,” said Jim Haitz, Wayne County director of community mental health services. “Waiting to get help will be a thing of the past.”
The funding was announced last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. The state is awarding $4 million to open 10 new 24/7 centers.
The centers will be in nine of the state’s 10 economic development regions apart from Central New York, where Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare recently opened a center. The other centers will be in Albany, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Western New York, Long Island, Mid-Hudson, New York City and Southern Tier.