The Tompkins County Alcohol and Drug Council begins renovations at its facility at 2353 North Triphammer Road to create a 40-bed, open-access, medically-supervised rehabilitation (detoxification) and stabilization program.
With funding from the NYS Department of Health (DOH) Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program and the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Rapid Expansion Program, this new facility will aim to fill a critical gap in addiction treatment in the region close , which provides a safe, accessible, and stigma-free environment for people with substance use disorders to seek help whenever they are ready — any time of the day or night. Trained staff will work with each person to choose the level of care that best suits their needs. Human Service Agency partners and peer advocates will also help support a continuum of care toward better well-being as we work together to meet people where they are and more holistically address the public health addiction crisis.
The Council has selected Welliver Construction Company as the general contractor for this very significant project and is confident in their ability to execute the designs developed by HOLT Architects. The construction work is expected to be completed by January 2023.
“Our community has long needed this level of care — now more than ever, as overdose rates are tragically higher than ever and precious lives are being lost across our country,” said Angela Sullivan, executive director of the Alcohol & Drug Council. “We have worked very hard to bring these vital health services to our region, and we are deeply grateful to our state and county government leaders and the many human service partners who have helped us get to this point.”
Tompkins County Mental Health Commissioner Frank Kruppa added, “We are pleased that the Alcohol and Drug Council has agreed to step in and come up with a plan that could be supported by DOH and OASAS, and that construction of the facility will begin soon.” Tompkins County has prioritized the need for these services in the community for many years, and we know that access to this level of care will save lives.”