Watertown Daily Times | Over $1 million awarded to combat opioid addiction in Jefferson County

WATERTOWN — Two Watertown nonprofits combatting opioid addiction in Jefferson County will receive a combined $1.2 million in federal funding by the state for outreach and prevention.

As part of over $25 million in grants awarded in “high-need counties” statewide, $1.1 million will be given to Credo Community Center, and Pivot will see $100,000.

“We will use (this grant) for outreach to outlying Jefferson County areas to reach people who may not now have access to treatment, and to raise awareness throughout the county,” James P. Scordo, executive director of Credo, said.

One of the community center’s plans for the funding is to purchase a van for a mobile treatment clinic to visit various sites around Watertown, Lowville and more.

The center will also work to bridge the gap from jail to addiction treatment, beyond the resources currently in place for addicted persons, with a dedicated addiction counselor.

Awareness and education programs are also in the works for everyone from medical professionals, to parents with teens and young adults at home.

“We hope this helps you reach people who aren’t coming through our doors right now,” Mr. Scordo said.

Initiatives in the 16 counties to receive the funding include the expansion of peer services, tele-practice, and mobile treatment services.

The funding was awarded to the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse earlier this year, with the goal of increasing access to treatment, and reducing unmet need and overdose-related deaths.

“Opioid addiction devastates the lives of afflicted New Yorkers and their families, and it is critical that we continue to fight against this epidemic,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a public statement.

“With this funding, we can offer expanded services and offer support to New Yorkers dealing with substance abuse, putting them on the road to recovery and helping to build a stronger, healthier Empire State for…

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