Angela Sullivan

Executive Director of the Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County Angela Sullivan addresses the crowd on Friday afternoon regarding the announcement of the council's intention to pursue a detox center. 

The Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County has announced the location of their long-awaited detox facility, which will house 40 beds and bring the only official detox facility to Tompkins County, along with round-the-clock addiction treatment services.

The building will be at 2353 North Triphammer Road in the Village of Lansing. Local physician Dr. John-Paul Mead will serve as the program's medical director. According to a press release announcing the opening, operations will begin almost immediately for the 24/7 access to addiction treatment services, with the longer-term care aspects coming as more money is assembled. The immediate services are being funded by money from New York State and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). 

"The residential detox and stabilization portion will follow as additional funding is secured and renovations are made to create an appropriate, healthy residential space," the press release stated. "This recovery facility will offer a safe, easily accessible and stigma-free environment for people with substance use disorders to seek help whenever they are ready - at any time of the day or night."

Alcohol and Drug Council Executive Director Angela Sullivan said she the agency is excited to open the facility and is still looking for those willing to help with the new operation. The announcement comes nearly a year after the plans were officially announced in a press conference featuring Sullivan, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

“As we expand our services, we will be adding additional medical and clinical professionals to our staff to offer high-quality, compassionate care for our community,” Sullivan said in the press release. “For anyone interested in working with us to offer treatment and hope, please visit our website at AlcoholDrugCouncil.org.”

As for access to the center, Development Director Emily Parker said the facility would be flexible in people's payment methods or lack thereof. 

"We accept Medicaid, most private insurances, and self-pay, but we are a safety net provider and will always provide services to those in need, regardless of their ability to pay," she wrote in an email. 

Parker also said the Alcohol and Drug Council has "agreements and collaborations with CMC, law enforcement and several other community partners," in cases of post-overdose or arrest treatment. Depending on state funding, though, it could take some time to open the doors officially of the detox and stabilization facility: Parker said some beds could be established within 6-12 months, but if NYS does not award funding the timeline could stretch beyond two years.

Tompkins County Administrator Jason Molino was credited with helping to facilitate the location, along with Tompkins County Legislature Chair Martha Robertson. 

“Tompkins County is committed to supporting the Alcohol & Drug Council to bring these vital and cost-effective services to our community, as part of our local services priority plan," Molino said. 

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Richard Ballantyne

The article says, "The immediate services are being funded by money from New York State and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services."

"Depending on state funding, though, it could take some time to open the doors officially of the detox and stabilization facility: Parker said some beds could be established within 6-12 months, but if NYS does not award funding the timeline could stretch beyond two years."

So in other words, this facility is being funded by taxes. This is yet another case where the most responsible people -- non-alcoholics like me who work full time at highly skilled jobs and who pay the most taxes -- are being forced at point of gun (because that is what ultimately happens if you don't pay your taxes) to help irresponsible people -- i.e. alcoholics who cannot afford to pay for their own treatment. Maybe if we weren't taxed to death we would have more left over to voluntarily give to charities who would do a better job taking care of these addicts at a lower cost.

This is the government's specialty; punishing the responsible in order to reward the irresponsible. Why is this something to celebrate? We should be doing the opposite -- rewarding the responsible and let the irresponsible face the full weight of the consequences of their bad decisions. Democrats like Chuck Schumer and Andrew Cuomo are especially good at incentivizing irresponsibility by eliminating the negative natural consequences of bad behavior. They are driving this fallen Empire State even further into debt. The day of reckoning will come eventually folks. If you're smart, you will do everything in your power to minimize your dependency on government.